Benson is located at the quiet and rural end of the Thames where the river is flanked by rolling countryside and farmland and quaint villages. Moorings are easy to find and the distance between locks is slightly greater than at the river’s eastern end – which means more cruising. The dreaming spires and universities of Oxford is a 6hr cruise to the west of Benson. Or, head east and in 6hrs you’ll be in Henley-on-Thames, home of British rowing. Royal Windsor is 12 hrs from Benson.
Along the way, you can stop at waterside pubs for a bit of steak and kidney pie! You’ll smile as you recall the varied charms of your Thames riverboat cruise, a unique way to travel! The world just looks different from a boat.
A staycation boating holiday on the Thames: the most charming way to explore south east England Our Thames holiday boats allow you and your family to get away from the crowds and discover the famous river Thames from a different perspective, at your own pace. As you gaze at Windsor Bridge and Castle or Hampton Court Palace from your river cruiser, you feel like you have been transported back in time. Your self-drive boating holiday on the Thames takes you to large towns with shops, pubs and museums, where sightseeing and family activities are on the afternoon agenda. You’ll also stop in small villages where the pace is slow and the living is easy! The perfect staycation destination for 2021.
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Countess is a great canal boat rent well-appointed with warm and inviting wood cabinets and extensive interior space. The grand saloon has a radio/CD player (some have flat-screen TV/DVD players), and the large rear deck is an ideal venue for socialising and watching the scenery glide by!
2 cabins, sleeps up to 6