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Introducing Henley-on-Thames

Set on the banks of the river and studded with elegant stone houses, a few Tudor relics, chichi shops and affluent residents, Henley is a conservative but well-heeled kind of place that bursts into action for its world-famous regatta and festival each year. Outside the summer festivities it’s a reasonably pleasant but workaday commuter town with an interesting museum, a scenic setting and a good choice of facilities.

The tourist office (578034; www.visithenley-on-thames.com; The Barn, King’s Rd; 11am-4.45pm Mon-Sat Mar-Oct, 11am-3.45pm Mon-Sat Nov-Feb) is next to the handsome town hall.