Day Hire/Rental

Hourly boat hire and day rental

Where will your Thames adventure take you?

A choice of boats with the largest fleet 
on the Thames

At Hobbs of Henley we’ve been renting out boats to day trippers for nearly 150 years, so we know how important it is to have boats that can meet a variety of needs. Whether you want to take a step back in time to the Edwardian era and enjoy a picnic with a group of friends, take your family for an hour-long spin in our smaller Pearly class launches or have some fun in a traditional rowing boat, we have the self drive boat hire experience for you.

Boats can be hired in person on the day but thanks to the demand we usually experience we’d suggest booking your boat online to avoid disappointment (all boats apart from our by-the-hour Pearly launches are bookable by the day or half day). It only takes a minute to choose your boat and sign in to our secure server.  

Please note that some restrictions apply around the first week of July during the annual 
Henley Royal Regatta

Discover Henley and explore the ever changing Thames

Whether you rent a boat from Hobbs for an hour or a day you’re free to go wherever you want to go on Britain’s premier river with our self drive boat hire service. Hiring a boat for an hour or two will enable you to experience the waterfront of Henley, home to the world famous annual regatta, while taking out a launch for the day can allow you to roam further afield and visit other riverside pubs and villages, or relax with one of our picnic hampers.

To help you plan your day and more information on what’s nearby, you can download the free 
Explore Thames app for iPhones.


“It was all as fabulous as ever,
 thank you!”

Don’t miss out: for advance day-boat reservations,

Book online

Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AZ 
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