Top ten things to do in Marlow

There's so much to do in Marlow but here's our top 10 to get you started.

1.    Set on Marlow’s riverside and located at the top of the high street, Higginson Park is picturesque perfection, whether you’re picnicking, dog-walking or sauntering along the Thames Path.  An exciting playground and summertime mini golf will keep kids entertained and short river cruises with Salter’s Steamers can be picked up here or a small boat hired from The Little Green Boat Company.

2.    Shop! Marlow’s quintessential English town is packed with independent boutiques, delicatessens, and well-known high street names. From local brands like Scamp & Dude and Angel & Rocket to bigger brand favourites like Toast and Jigsaw, the High Street makes for a fantastic day of browsing and retail therapy. 

3.    Enjoy al fresco dining and drinking in Liston Court. For a holiday vibe, this piazza style square tucked away behind the high street offers all-day dining options from Megan’s and authentic Italian at Satollo’s, with more coffee and cocktail options coming soon from The Mixing Jug. 

4.    Embrace your creativity with a Clay Taster Class at Keeeps.  Located on the High Street, this independent pottery shop and studio offers beautiful handmade pottery and the chance to try the process for yourself.  You can even try throwing on the potter’s wheel! Visit the website for details.

5.    Riverside activity centre Longridge offers water sports activities and taster sessions for kids and adults. You could try your hand at Kayaking, Paddleboarding, or even Dragon Boat Racing for groups! 

6.    Sip a glass of wine in Grape Expectations while browsing the extensive and diverse range of quality wines, beers and spirits.  You can even tuck into a sharing board or book onto one of their popular wine-tasting events.

7.    Savour a locally brewed pint at the Rebellion Tap Yard in Marlow Bottom. This brewery beer garden showcases 5 ales and 3 draught keg beers within 100m of where they were brewed. Family and dog-friendly, the Tap Yard also hosts delicious street food options on Saturdays.

8.    Marlow boasts a number of restaurants by Michelin starred chefs, including Tom Kerridge’s The Butcher’s Tap & Grill, and The Coach, as well as his famous The Hand & Flowers, the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars. Meanwhile Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu, located at the Compleat Angler hotel overlooking the Thames, offers traditional southern Indian cuisine, while his pan-Indian restaurant Vaasu can be found in the town.

9.    Be sure not to miss a thing with a walking tour of the town, organised by The Marlow Society. You can choose from a town history walk, a river history walk or the Victorian Marlow walk, which focuses on the 19th century people and places of the town.  Walks last 1-2 hours, cost £3 for adults and are free to children.

10.    If you’ve done all of this, then you’ll surely need somewhere to rest your head, and Marlow has some stunning hotel options. The luxury 4-star Compleat Angler sits on the riverside at Marlow Bridge with unparalleled views of Marlow Weir, while the beautiful Danesfield House Hotel and Spa stands amidst 65 acres of formal gardens with outstanding views over the River Thames and Chiltern Hills. Just a short drive from the town centre, Danesfield House also offers a delightful Afternoon Tea in The Orangery, overlooking the stunning gardens.

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