Visit Marlow Buckinghamshire and the surrounding villages and stay in bed breakfast, hotel or self-catering accommodation provided by BedPosts members.
Marlow town is in south Buckinghamshire on the River Thames, 4 miles from High Wycombe and 5 miles from Maidenhead. Marlow Bottom, a residential area, is adjoined whilst Little Marlow is separated by a mile of countryside.
Marlow is a popular destination. Its beautiful riverside location, weir, locks, historic bridge, Compleat Angler hotel and church are at the centre of a thriving town. Its convenient location close to M40/M4, Heathrow Airport and London make it a convenient place for industry to root.
The suspension bridge, designed around 180 years ago by William Tierney Clark, is a site to behold. It was a prototype for the larger Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest. The bridge joins the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The River Thames beneath hosts rowing, canoeing and boating activities, tow path walking and is a home to swans and other wildlife. On the river is Marlow Lock, originating from the 14th century.
In Higginson Park is a statue to one of Marlow's famous latter day residents, Sir Steven Redgrave who won Olympic gold medals at 5 consecutive games. He was often seen practising on the river.
The oldest building is probably the 14th century "Old Parsonage" in St. Peter Street. In this street, too, is St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church designed by Pugin in 1846. It holds the mummified hand of St. James the Apostle. At the bottom of St. Peter Street you get a beautiful view of the Weir on the River Thames.
All Saints Church was built in 1835 on the site of a demolished 12th century one. Note the old stone monuments of Sir Miles Hobart (died 1632) who was M.P. for Marlow in 1628 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London; to Sir William Willoughby and Lady Katherine, his wife (died 1597); and to William Horsepoole (died 1624) married to Mary Washington of the same family as the first President of the United States
Along the High Street are several old houses dating from the 16th century. The Ship Inn, West Street, is a 16th century building with original ship's timbers. In this street lived the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary who wrote Frankenstein. T.S. Eliot lived at No. 31. A plaque on Sir William Borlase's Grammar School is a tribute to old boy Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson, jazz artist. Further on in Henley Road is the Hare and Hounds, 16th century inn with oak beams.
Famous residents include:
- Robbie Williams, pop singer
- Heston Blumenthal, Michelin star chef
- Paul Ross, TV and radio presenter
- Nelson Piquet Jnr, F1 driver
- Peter Firth, TV actor
- Andrew Strauss, cricketer
- Steve Backshall, TV presenter and naturalist
Read about the surrounding area and maybe stay outside Marlow in a nearby village or hamlet in a bed and breakfast or holiday apartment accommodation.
Bisham is a village in Berkshire a mile out of Marlow, over the bridge. Bisham Abbey, a 13th century manor house, is the home of the National Sports Centre.
Photo of Bisham All Saints' Church taken from Marlow bank of River Thames
Little Marlow is a village about a mile from Marlow surrounded by the hamlets of Winchbottom, Coldmoorholme, Handy Cross, Fern and Sheepridge. It boasts a cricket ground/village green and two public houses, Kings Head and the Queens Head.. The12th century parish church of Saint John the Baptist became newsworthy in 1998 when Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, used it to get married.
Marlow Bottom is a village adjoining Marlow. It has various shops, a private members club (The Barn Club) a village hall and Anglican and Methodist churches. The Rebellion Beer Company is situated here. Handy location for Marlow Industrial Estate and High Wycombe.
Hambleden is a small village about four miles out of Marlow. The civil parish includes Mill End, Parmoor, Moor End, Fingest, Skirmett, Frieth, Colstrope and Pheasant's Hill. St Mary's church was built in 14th century. Nearby is the Yewden villa excavation thought to have been a Roman brothel.
After reading about the historical places to visit you might want to extend your stay in a Marlow b and b, hotel or inn.
Once home to The Shelleys - Mary (author of Frankenstein) and Percy Bysshe (poet)
Marlow, first recorded in 1015, derives its name from Old English meaning 'land that has had the pond drained from it'. It was recorded in the Domesday Book.
Marlow's importance arose from its position on the River Thames. In 1301 the town had its own Member of Parliament and even had two from 1624 to 1867.
The town has been home to many famous residents including:
- Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein)
- Percy Bysshe Shelley (poet and Mary's husband)
- T. S. Eliot (playwright and poet)
- Jerome K. Jerome (author of Three Men in a Boat)
- George Higginson (Crimean War veteran General after whom the park is named)
Jane Seymour was supposed to have lived at Seymour Court. Court Garden was supposed to be where Henry VIII courted her.
Read about the local attractions you will want to visit during your stay in Marlow B&B or hotel accommodation.
Photo of Marlow Weir by Compleat Angler Hotel and All Saints Church taken from lock.
Cliveden is a grand country retreat with magnificent gardens and a lot of history. Most monarchs since George I came to visit. In post war years it became infamously associated with the Profumo scandal. Explore the gardens and woodlands. Interior tours are sometimes available. 20 minutes drive.
Maidenhead Heritage Centre: Fly the Spitfire simulator! Museum telling the story of the pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary who flew over 300,000 warplanes between factories and RAF airfields. See also displays about Hammer Horror films, Vanwall racing cars, Brunel and Maidenhead in Victorian and Edwardian times.
Dorney Court was built in 15th century and is full of ancient oak and lacquer furniture. Visit also the 13th century church of St James. Dorney means island of bumble bees in Old English and honey is still produced today. Home grown asparagus is available late April to end of May. The Kitchen Garden Centre serves cream teas.
If the entertainment you seek is not offered in the Marlow hotel or inn in which you are staying find it on this page.
Clayton's Bar: disco on Saturdays to 1 a.m.
Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common 40-acre children's farm near High Wycombe.
Wycombe Air Park, Booker: trial flights.
Longridge, the outdoor activity adventure centre for adults/children of all ages.
Clayton's serves alcohol till 1 am on Saturdays.
If you're not eating and drinking in the Marlow guest house, hotel, inn or in which you are staying find places here.
Michelin two-star dining at the Hand and Flowers in Marlow
After you've browsed all Marlow's boutique shops you'll be thirsty. There's at least a dozen places where you can sit down and have a cup of coffee.
For a full meal, restaurants abound with cuisine from all around the world including English fish 'n' chips.
Fancy something a bit stronger than coffee? There are 17 pubsto choose from.
Stay in Marlow bandb, guesthouse and holiday accommodation accommodation for events advertised here.
Stay in Marlow independent B&B, guesthouse and self-catering accommodation for Maxifuel Triathlon Events on Sunday June 24th 2012 and Sunday July 15th 2012Sunday June 24th 2012
: Marlow Half Iron Distance Triathlon
Half Iron Distance: 1.9km Swim/ 86km Bike/ 20km RunSunday July 15th 2012
: Marlow River Triathlon
Sprint Distance: 750m Swim/ 24.5km Bike/ 5km Run
Olympic Distance: 1.5km Swim/ 37km Bike/ 10km Run
The Marlow Triathlon SOLD OUT in 2011 and is expected to do so again in 2012, with participant numbers reaching over 800. Join over 600 participants in each of these events from complete beginners to experienced participants on the banks of the river Thames. With the back drop of Marlow Bridge and the beautiful scenery along the banks of the river Thames, the NEW Marlow Half Iron Distance Triathlon & Marlow River Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon are the perfect opportunities to take up a new challenge, raise money for charity or just take in two of the fastest sports in the 2012 calendar.www.f3events.co.uk
Find a taxi to take you to and from your Marlow holiday cottage, bed & breakfast or hotel accommodation and other travel arrangements.
Photo of boats moored on bank of River Thames at Bisham
Marlow has a railway station at the end of a single-track branch line from Maidenhead. The train service, the Marlow Donkey, is so-named due to the steam engines that once ran here.
Bus services are operated by Arrivaand Carousel.
Charlies Taxi's, Rose Industrial Estate, Marlow 016284 88777
Local Cars, 21 Newfield Gardens, Marlow, 016284 40955
Marlow taxi, 50 Gunthorpe Road, Marlow 016284 87722
Marlow Express Cars, 2 Eliot Drive, Marlow 07883 061 575
A P T Private Hire, 2 Wilton Farm Cottages, Marlow 01628 890 808
Cresta Cars, 9 Wynnstay Gardens, Marlow, 016284 76395
During your stay in a Marlow bed and breakfast, hotel accommodation or lodge you will no doubt visit the High Street shops if not local businesses.
Boutique shopping in Marlow High Street
High Mast photo of Marlow High Street courtesy of Universal Sky Pictures
Marlow is the place to come for ladies' dresses. At the last count there were no less than 16 boutique dress shops to visit, so allow plenty of time. For the full list see http://www.mymarlow....k/shops/clothesBusinesses
For a town of only 18,000 residents Marlow punches above its weight for business and commerce. The business directory search
on Wycombe District Council's website lists 612 business in Marlow. The town has two industrial estates:
- Thames industrial estate in Marlow
- Rose industrial estate in Marlow Bottom
If you're coming to town for a special occasion such as a wedding you'll no doubt want to stay over in a Marlow bed and breakfast, hotel or guest house.
All Saints Church on the River Thames is a popular venue for weddings
Marlow is a popular destination for weddings at All Saints Church in the iconic spot by the Thames and its famous bridge; also at St Peter's designed by Pugin. Naturally lots of commercial enterprises cater for receptions.
Wedding venues - Distance in miles
Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel - 0
Court Garden House - 0.3
Crowne Plaza Marlow - 0.6
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre - 0.8
Sanctum on the Green - 1.6
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa - 2.5
The Olde Bell - 2.7
Moor Hall - 3.0
Hedsor House - 3.7
The Pavilion at Lane End - 4.0
Fredricks Hotel and Spa - 4.5
Taplow House Hotel - 4.8
Greenlands at Henley - 4.8
Holiday Inn, Maidenhead - 4.9
Lillibrooke Great Barn - 4.9
The Grovefield House - 5.0
Phyllis Court Club - 6.0
Burnham Beeches Hotel - 6.0
Exercise or sports spectating opportunities whilst staying in a B&B, hotel or self-catering accommodation in Marlow.
Statue of Sir Steve Redgrave, Marlow oarsman and town resident, 5 times Olympic gold medallist
Marlow Rowing Club, founded 1871, is one of Britain's premier rowing clubs
Marlow Rugby Club, founded in 1947. The England Rugby team trained here until moving to nearby Bisham Abbey.
Marlow Striders, local running club
Court Garden Leisure Complex: swimming, gym, fitness studio, sports hall, squash, tennis
The Marlow Club is an independent health club: gym, pool, personal training, squash & racketball, acupuncture, beautician, bodyworks, chiropractor, hair salon, physiotherapy, podiatrist, traditional oriental medicine
- Applehouse Hill
- Bockmer End
- Bourne End
- Bovingdon Green
- Burchett's Green
- Burroughs Grove
- Chisbridge Cross
- Cookham Dean
- Cookham Rise
- Flackwell Heath
- Furze Platt
- Handy Cross
- Hawks Hill
- Hurley Bottom
- Little Marlow
- Lower Woodend
- Maidenhead Court
- Marlow Bottom
- Marlow Common
- Moor Common
- Moor End
- North Town
- Pinkneys Green
- Well End
- Wycombe Marsh
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