All About Marlow, Buckinghamshire

A historic town set against a picturesque backdrop of the River Thames, Marlow is one of the most desirable destinations for a relaxing retreat. Situated between Henley and Windsor, its network of riverside paths and polished streets appeal to everyone.

A popular Georgian town, Marlow sits as pretty as a picture with historic monuments, listed buildings, manicured parks and waterfront hubs. Perhaps best known for its elegant, 19th century suspension bridge which spans the River Thames to join the two counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, it has long been a thriving riverside resort. Turnings heads for centuries, just some of its notable residents and admirers have included Thomas Love Peacock, Jerome K. Jerome, T.S. Eliot and Mary Shelley, who actually penned her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein whilst living in the town.  

In the town centre, you can take your time visiting the many shops, boutiques, wine bars and gastropubs which line the streets. One of the best destinations in the UK for fine-dining, Marlow has the rare advantage of two Michelin star restaurants, including Tom Kerridge’s flagship restaurant, the Hand and Flowers, and its little sister, Coach – both located on West Street. That said, if you’d rather take your meals à ciel ouvert, you can wander over to the 23-acre Higginson Park. Set between the high street and open countryside, it provides an idyllic spot for picnics under the sun. 

A year-round destination that calls to many, Marlow also boasts a busy social calendar that is peppered with an eclectic array of festivals and events. In summer, you can look forward to Chef Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park – a music and food festival in Higginson Park, the Marlow Town Regatta, the Marlow Rock Bottom Festival, the Marlow Carnival and the annual ceremony of 'Swan Upping'. A local tradition, 'Swan Upping' sees the year’s new cygnets tagged by the Queen's Swan Marker. In winter, the Christmas Lights Switch-On, late night shopping and the town Santa Fun Run all add to the seasonal fun. 

Of course, no holiday in Marlow would be complete without a gentle stroll along the River Thames – particularly if you can catch sight of the local premier rowing club practicing on the water. One of Britain’s top teams, Marlow Rowing Club has produced many world-class rowers over the years, including the five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave. For adventures further afield, Marlow is within a stone’s throw of the Chiltern Hills AONB too and is an ideal base for walking, adventuring and lapping up the scenery. 

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