Things to do near Marlow

Not only can Marlow offer you many delights, it is also a great base to get around to visit many local attractions.  Here we have a selection of great days out, all within an hour or so from Marlow.  They are listed in order of the typical time it takes to drive from Marlow.

If you think we have missed anything, please contact us.

It is recommended that you contact each entry for opening hours and pricing details.

roahl dahl museum montageOur reviews

We are working our way through the day trips, Our most recent review is for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – totally phizz-whizzing fun for all the family! You can read our review here

Salters Steamers

(Cruise, 0 miles from Marlow)
image of Salters SteamersCruises up the Thames to and from Marlow. Mostly operate in the summer only.

Stanley Spencer Gallery

(Gallery, 20 mins from Marlow, Directions to SL6 9SJ )
image of Stanley Spencer GalleryThis Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA. (1891 – 1959) The Stanley Spencer Gallery was first opened in 1962, three years after the artist’s death. It stands as a lasting memorial to the man who became synonymous with the village of Cookham. There is nearby parking in Cookham village, including disabled parking in marked spaces on the High Street. Kings Hall, High Street, Cookham on Thames, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ

Cliveden House

(Historic Building, 6 miles from Marlow)
image of Cliveden HouseNational Trust gardens and riverside walks, ideal for a picnic. The mansion house itself is now a hotel, and was once home to Nancy Astor – Britain’s first woman MP. Also known as the site of the “Profumo” scandal.

Odds Farm

(Farmyard animals and attractions, 6 miles from Marlow)
image of Odds FarmOdds Farm is the ideal outing for families, schools, groups and birthday parties – essential adventure for kids of all ages! Whatever the weather, it’s the ideal place to get up close to all sorts of farm animals, learn about them, and have fun doing it – all in a safe environment and a great atmosphere. Wooburn Common, 01628 520188 Open 7 days a week

The Hell fire Caves

(Caves, 6.5 miles from Marlow)
image of The Hell fire CavesUnique natural caves extended in the 18th century, for use by the notorious Hell Fire Club. And… er.. it’s our only entry in the ‘caves’ category! High Wycombe. 01494 533739

West Wycombe Park

(Historic Building, 6.5 miles from Marlow)
image of West Wycombe Park18th Century mansion in landscaped parkland (National Trust property) 01494 755571

Hughenden Manor

(Historic Building, 7 miles from Marlow)
image of Hughenden ManorHigh Wycombe Victorian Gothic home of former Prime Minister, Disraeili. A National Trust Property. 01494 755565

River and Rowing Museum

(Museum, 8 miles from Marlow)
image of River and Rowing MuseumMuseum covering the town of Henley, the River Thames and the sport of rowing. Also has a permanent Wind in the Willows exhibit. Well worth the visit. Henley, 01491 415600

Greys Court

(Historic Building, 10 miles from Marlow)
image of Greys CourtIntriguing Tudor Manor with 14th-century fortifications, with ornamental gardens set within medieval walls. Henley, 01491 628529


(Historic House & Grounds, 11 miles from Marlow)
image of StonorOne of England’s oldest manor houses, situated in one of the most beautiful settings. The house, garden, old hall tea room & gift shop are open Sundays from April until the end of September. The park, with its herd of fallow deer, is also open by way of a public footpath throughout the year, from where there are stunning views of both the house and surrounding countryside.

Bekonscot Model Village

(Model Village, 12 miles from Marlow)
image of Bekonscot Model VillageThe oldest original model village in the world, portraying aspects of England mostly dating from the 1930s. There are six little villages in a 1 acre miniature landscape of farms and fields, castles and churches, woods, lakes and rolling hills.

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

(Museum, 12 miles from Marlow)
image of Roald Dahl MuseumAn award-winning and family-friendly Museum. (Enjoy England’s Best Small Visitor Attraction 2008). Two fun and fact-packed biographical galleries, and the interactive Story Centre. Great Missenden, 01494 892192. We last visited in May 2017, and you can read our detailed review here.


(Theme park, 14 miles from Marlow)
image of LegolandExcellent, and very popular Lego theme park – particularly suitable for those with younger children. Can get busy, and there are plenty of ways they will try and extract cash above the entry fee – e.g. the “QBOT” system to jump the queues. But the kids will love it!! See website for precise dates and times.

Chiltern Open air Museum

(Museum, 14 miles from Marlow)
image of Chiltern Open air MuseumFounded in 1976, with the aim of rescuing threatened buildings and re-erecting them on a forty-five acre site of natural park, meadow and woodland, thereby preserving a variety of structures of historical interest which are typical of the region. A lovely place to walk around. Chalfont St Giles, 01494 871117

Windsor Castle

(Castle, 14.5 miles from Marlow)
image of Windsor CastleThe world famous Windsor Castle was built 900 years ago for William The Conqueror, and much enlarged over the years is still an official residence of the Queen. Windsor 01753 831118

Go Ape – Bracknell

(Outdoors activities, 19 miles from Marlow)
image of Go Ape - BracknellAn arial assault course through the forest – great fun, for ages 10 to adult. Swinley Forest, Bracknell (also have another site at Aston Cliton – about 21 miles away, near Tring) 0870 444 5562

Natural History Museum at Tring

(Museum – 21 miles from Marlow)
Tring natural history museum interiorThis one is a real treat for kids and (in our opinion!) adults too. An offshoot of the Natural History museum in London – meaning entry is FREE – it is based on the collection of Lionel Rothschild, and first opened in 1892. It retains its unique Victorian character, including the original floor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted hardwood and iron cases. The 4,000 animal specimens on public display are still classified into related groups, just as they were in Walter’s lifetime.
Akeman Street, Tring Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP.

Wellington Country Park

(Country Park, 24 miles from Marlow)
image of Wellington Country ParkSet in 350 acres of beautiful parklands surrounding a 35 acre lake, there are numerous activities to keep the kids happy:- Adventure play area, toddler’s area, sand pits, water play, slides, miniature railway, enchanted forest, nature trail maze, 9 holes of crazy golf, plus an assortment of play equipment to climb in and on, will all ensure a fun filled day for all! Within our woodlands, there are four nature trails to follow taking in sights of our vast array of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Waddesdon Manor

(Historic Building, 33 miles from Marlow)
image of Waddesdon ManorMagnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th-century French chateau *World-renowned collection of French furniture, paintings and decorative arts *Woodland Playground and wildlife interpretation trail *Landscaped park with shady walks, beautiful panoramas, fountains and grottoes *Vast rococo-style aviary, housing colourful exotic birds Near Aylesbury, 01296 653211

Dinton Pastures Country Park

(30 mins drive from Marlow,  RG10 0TH – Directions here )

dinton pastures playgroundDinton Pastures Country Park covers just over 335 acres. The Park is open daily throughout the year. It offers a variety of habitats including 7 lakes, 2 rivers, and meadows.  A very popular part is the children’s playground which is very extensive, with  a whole range of fun features!