Marlow is one of those delightful quintessentially English towns, a joy to visit and difficult to park in! Situated on the River Thames between Henley and Maidenhead it contains some beautiful town houses in the pure Georgian style, plus riverside walks, a famous old suspension bridge, All Saint's Church and a High Street in the grand style with lovely shop fronts and old inns. The River Thames at this point is always a delight – lots of visiting boats moor here, while their owners view the little town and purchase their supplies.
Marlow hosts many fascinating events for residents and visitors throughout the year, such as the annual Town Festival and Dragon Boat Races in June, Swan Upping in July and the Christmas Shopping weekend in December. The Revolution Brewery at Marlow Bottom holds Open Days, when you can come and sample their wonderful locally-made ales.Try visiting Marlow’s Farmers’ Market, held frequently in Dean Street Car park, or their Film festivals in the buildings of Sir William Borlase Grammar School.
In Higginson Park next to the river you can relax while the children play, or feed the ducks on the river. A statue to one of Marlow’s greatest sons, Sir Steve Redgrave, graces the park.
Just beyond Marlow you can visit Bisham Abbey, with its National Sports Centre and 12th century church. Bisham Abbey is a large leisure centre with tennis courts and a vast sports field. The quaint little hamlet of Hurley with The Bull Inn is also a short walk from Marlow, and a 2 mile long walk along the beautiful River Thames will bring you to Temple Lock and island where there is a great tea room and gardens.
Marlow is about 50 miles west of London, just off the M40. It can also be reached by train – the quaintly named Marlow Donkey – on a branch line from Maidenhead, well worth the journey.
Written by Jeannette Briggs
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