Marlow is situated at the southern tip of Buckinghamshire on the border next to Berkshire. The Beech trees spread down from the Chiltern Hills and rural surroundings to this very attractive town set on the banks of the River Thames.
Much of Marlow can be seen to be Georgian, particularly in the busy High Street above the shop fronts. Visitors to Marlow will never be short of a good place to eat with a wide variety of price and choice of menu from the restaurants, cafes, wine bars and pubs. The shops also provide an interesting variety of goods for sale. For further information visit the Marlow Town and Tourist Information websites.
There are many places of interest in and around Marlow. It is rich in history, from the Knights Templar to Prince Frederick Prince of Wales and son of George II, from Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame to our modern day Sir Steven Redgrave, all and many others have played their part contributing to the history of Marlow.
The most famous landmark in Marlow is the graceful white suspension bridge over the River Thames, completed in 1836 by William Tierney Clark. While the bridge was under construction, Count Ivan Szechnyi visited Marlow and was so impressed by the bridge that, three years later, an almost identical bridge was constructed over the River Danube in Budapest.
Near to the bridge on the banks of the Thames stands the high-spired parish church of All Saints built in the 1830´s. Next to the church, also running alongside the Thames is the beautiful Higginson Park where Marlow Regatta is held each year in mid-June. On the opposite bank of the Thames is the exclusive and attractive ‘The Compleat Angler’ hotel, host to many famous visitors including royalty and film stars.
In July, the 12th century ceremony of ‘Swan upping’ comes up the Thames from Sunbury Lock to Marlow, a procession of six wooden skiffs, led by the crested flag of the Queen´s Swan Marker.
Swiss Cottage B&B accommodation is located about 3 minutes drive from Marlow High Street in the rural Marlow Bottom valley overlooked by a hill of mature beech trees, where red kites can be seen nearly every day. In March 2005 over twenty red kites were seen circling above the hill.
In nearby Stokenchurch in the Charwood Garden Centre, a CCTV camera has been set up in the café, to watch one local pair of kites rear their chicks, and kites permitting(!), can be seen from April to mid-July. Updates.
Marlow Bottom is also home to the privately owned Rebellion Brewery, launched in 1993 and which continues a 240 year tradition of brewing in Marlow. The Brewery shop is open each day to sell the award winning ales.
There is something to cater for all interests in this part of southern England: