If you’d like to explore Britain’s most historic river or just relax and let the world drift by there’s no better way to start than with Hobbs. Based in the beautiful riverside market town of Henley-on-Thames and just 40 miles away from London (around an hour by train), you can experience your very own self-driven boat with out boat hire or enjoy a public cruise or private charter.
We boast 147 years’ of experience in our family firm and have the largest fleet on the Thames. We’re easy to find in the heart of Henley – check out the map at the bottom of this page or download your own local river / road map.
A floating venue for your family or corporate event
Whatever your requirements are afloat, Hobbs of Henley can supply it. If your small party wants to experience the river with the minimum of effort then reserve one of our chauffeured launches. If you have a larger group or wedding party
, or are looking for a company event or conference with a difference, ask us about chartering one of our larger vessels – we can provide the full service from bar and catering to entertainment and event management.
“‘I would just like to send my huge
thanks for helping to organise such
a brilliant day on Saturday. Our time
on the Hibernia was brilliant, the crew
and staff were so helpful and
good humoured and the food
provided was perfect."
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Be your own skipper on our self-drive boats
Whether you want to rent a rowing boat or pack a picnic and enjoy a lazy day on a launch, our self-drive boat hire gives you and your family or friends the chance to take turns at being captain.
Our self drive fleet can seat up to 12 persons depending on the boat and can be hired from 1 hour, ½ a day or a full day. Or if you’re looking to spend even more time on the river, find out more about becoming a seasonal member of our Henley Boat Club.
Holiday on the Thames
If you want to really get away from it and have a weekend or week’s holiday with a difference, why not take your bedroom with you as you cruise down the river in style?
With one of our self-drive boating holidays
, you’ll enjoy a luxury motor cruiser which can accommodate up to six people, allowing you to stop off in historic towns such as Oxford, Windsor (the Royals' second home) or visit sites like Runnymede (home of the Magna Carta) or Hampton Court (Henry VIII’s Royal Palace). With a well equipped kitchen but plenty of pubs and places to eat along the river, you’ll never want to come back!