About Benson

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.

From Benson it is:

  • 15hrs (22 locks) to our base in Chertsey

What you get on the base

Facilities

Toilets and showers will be closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding. Customers should use facilities on board their boats.

Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

Early & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

Lantern

Top-deck cushions

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept credit card (Visa / Mastercard).

Hotels

The Crown Inn - Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 838 331.

The Three horseshoes - Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 838 242

The George Hotel - Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 836 665

The Boat House - Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 833 188

The Opium Den - Tel: +44 (0) 1 865 248 680

 

Restaurants

The Three Horseshoes – Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 838 242

The George Hotel – Tel: +44 (0) 1 865 340 404

Stoneys – Tel: +44 (0) 1 491 836 249

The Opium Den - Tel: +44 (0) 1865 248680

Shopping

There are restaurants, shops and a greengrocer all nearby. There is no bank at Benson but there is a cash back facility at the supermarket. 

 

Supermarket opening times: Monday – Thursday 8.00am to 7.00pm Friday – 8.00am to 8.00pm Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00pm Sunday – 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed but the close season is between 17th March – 16th June. A Fishing Licence is required and is available from any main or sub post office, it is recommended that you obtain your licence before you leave home. Cost is approximately £6.50 for a licence covering 8 days (children under 12 do not require a licence). 

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue and Thu: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Closed

Address

Le Boat Benson Waterfront Benson
Oxon
England
OX10 6SJ
United Kingdom

Telephone

+44 (0) 1491 824 067

Travel to Benson

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.

 

Triple A Cars’ (+44 (0) 1189 504 030 | [email protected])

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

 

  • Heathrow Airport £76
  • Gatwick Airport £106
  • Reading Train Station £39

By train

Closest train stations: 

  • Cholsey: 8km
  • Reading: 20km
  • Oxford: 20km
  • Didcot: 16km

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you'll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas

 

Directions

The Benson base is situated on the A4074 between Oxford and Reading. From London take the M40 and head west, exiting at junction 7. Turn left onto the A329 and follow signs towards Wallingford. Stay on the A329, passing through Little Milton, Stadhampton, Newington and Warborough. At Shillingford, turn left at the roundabout onto the A4074 towards Reading. Follow this road for 0.9miles until you reach another roundabout (you’ll see a McDonalds and a BP garage ahead of you). Go straight over and continue for another 0.4miles. The entrance to the base is on the right hand side, look out for the sign that says ‘WATERFRONT’.

 

Parking

Secure parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies).

By air

Closest airports:

  • London Heathrow : 61 km (M25)
  • Gatwick : 120 km (M25)

Arrival at Benson

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info

Good to go - visit England

We’ve been awarded the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark. That means our operations meet Government and public health guidance on COVID-19 and that we have all the required health and safety processes in place to safely open. We look forward to see you.