Hobbs of Henley Boat Hire


Type:Boat Trip

Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AZ

Tel: + 44 (0)1491 572035

Hobbs of Henley Boat Hire


Hobbs of Henley – the best in boating since 1870.

Hobbs provides a variety of ways to enjoy the Royal River Thames from public cruises or self-drive and chauffeur-driven days out, to its newest boats, luxury Linnsen self-drive cruisers, the only ones for hire in the UK. Ideal for that special occasion or holiday. Charter by the weekend or the week.

You can explore the entire length of the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds to London, you may need a week or two to make the trip. Choose the seven-day Midsomer Itinerary and cruise on the Midsomer Linnsen. Watch the video below to see how relaxing it is.

Hire Boats

Cruise England’s most famous river, The Thames, at Henley. Choose from a row boat for an hour, a launch for a day, or a luxury motor cruiser for a boating holiday, we have a craft for every occasion. We can even provide chauffeured launches if the whole idea of steering yourself seems a bit too much.

Rowing Boats – try your hand at rowing in a fibreglass skiff (rowing boat).  The skiffs are available for hire by the hour or by the day. 3 or 5 seaters.

Pearly Class Launches - Fun little boats for messing about on the river. Easy to drive outboard motor boat hire for you and up to three friends or family.

Pilot Class Launches - River boat hire for families and groups from 4-12. Self-drive launches with covers in case of rain and wind.

Edwardian Style ‘Self-Drive’ Launches – If you’ve previous boating experience, why not treat your friends and family to a day on the river.  Available for Day Hire only, seats up to 12.

Chauffeur-driven Launches – A unique opportunity to experience a cruise on a 12 seater elegant Edwardian style launch. Just sit back, relax, sip champagne and let the experienced skipper take care of you.  Available for hire by the hour or the day.

Take a look at our self-drive hire brochure.

Do you like the idea of self-drive cruising on the River Thames but your life’s so busy you can’t find time to look after your own boat?

Henley Boat Club 'Membership Boating' is the easy way to take to the river whenever you want to, safe in the knowledge that your boat is maintained and looked after by a family business. Henley Boat Club is a new boating idea conceived by Hobbs of Henley’s Managing Director Jonathan Hobbs in response to market forces. 'With people's increasingly demanding working lives we've noticed it has become more and more difficult for them to find the time to enjoy private ownership of a boat and get the real value of their investment.' 'Membership of The Henley Boat Club gives you freedom to enjoy a choice of Hobbs Boats with none of the cost or hassle of ownership'. Take a look at our Henley Boat Club brochure.

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  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Live Music
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Prior Booking Recommended
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Limited parking spaces

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 30
  • Special group rates
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available


Map & Directions


  • YouTube


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Bronze Tourism South East Member - Bronze 2022

Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 18:00
Closed for boat hire during winter months (1 Dec 2022 - 15 Mar 2023)

* Open river conditions permitting. We are open for self drive boat hire and river trips Monday-Friday 10am-6pm. We will be open at weekends when the weather forecast is good, we will not be open this weekend 3-4th October .

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