Things To Do
Explore: Hurley Lock
Just a five minute stroll from The Olde Bell, and you’re at the River.
Hurley Lock is quite unique among locks along the River Thames, for here the river splits into a number of channels.
In the early days these were difficult to navigate due to their shallows and bends. The problem was made worse by the mills, who built dams to provide themselves with power supplies.
Walking: The Thames Path
The Thames Path, a new National Trail, passes through nearby Marlow. The path follows the River Thames, mostly along the old Thames tow-path, from its source in the middle of a Cotswold meadow near Cirencester to the Thames Barrier in London. The Thames route is the first to follow a river for its entire length and pass through the heart of dense urban areas. A combination of level going and easy access by public transport makes it family-friendly.
Walking: The Chiltern Hills
The Chiltern Hills are just to the north of Berkshire.
From the ‘Time Out Country Walks near London’ book you can choose to complete the whole ‘Marlow Circular’ of a short or medium length version.
The guide gives some historical background as well as spots of natural interest.
Gardens: The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden is a mile from Englefield Green and 4 miles from Windsor Castle.
It is open all the year round, except Christmas Day. Part of the Royal Landscape, the Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens, enjoyed by horticulturist and enthusiasts alike.
Set in 35 acres, the garden mix native and exotic species and has bred many important garden hybrids.
Explore: Marlow & Henley-on-Thames
Both these beautiful, traditional English riverside towns are a stones throw from The Olde Bell.
Henley-on-Thames is just a ten minute journey from the Hotel. Famed for its yearly Regatta its one not to miss.
The historic town of Marlow is great for the family and has many beautiful riverside restaurants and shops
History: Windsor Castle
With games, trails and many family activities, Windsor Castle is a great day out.
Being the largest and oldest inhabited castle anywhere in the World and an official residence of her Majesty the Queen, this working Royal palace is a real gem in our history and certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
Explore: The River & Rowing Museum
Opened in 1998, the museum celebrates the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames.
From 2004 a fourth permanent gallery, the delightful Wind in the Willows exhibition, was added.
The Museum runs a broad programme of special exhibitions and activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events. The dedicated education centre runs innovative education programmes and the Museum accommodates 20,000 education visitors a year.
History: Hughenden Manor
The Hughenden Manor, part of the National Trust properties is the perfect escape on a rainy day.
It was the country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, and houses memorabilia, personal belongings, furnishings and paintings.
The original colourful gardens designed by Disraeli’s wife Mary Anne have been recreated, and the grounds include an riverside park and woodland trails with views over the Chilterns. ‘Tracker Packs’ can be provided for children to bring the history to life.
Explore: The Stanley Spencer Gallery
The Stanley Spencer Galley displays work by this official war artist, who loved his home; the village of Cookham where he exiled in drawing and painting.
The gallery space is a former Methodist Chapel, with two exhibitions held each year.
For the kids
Family Fun: LEGOLAND Windsor
LEGOLAND Windsor is perfect for kids aged 2-12 and a great family day out.
With over 55 interactive rides and attractions you are set for a real treat.
Fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet, join LEGO divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO Star Wars Mini-land Model Display.
Family Fun: Odds Farm Park
Get close up to animals at Odds Farm Park.
All year round activities including piggy’s tea time, milking demonstrations to sheep racing. Outdoor activities include pedal go kart’s, sand pits and diggers to tractor and trailer rides. If it’s chilly, there’s a heated play barn.