The town of Henley grew up along the line of Feldon Street, the main road out of the Forest of Arden. It is a fine example of a mediaeval 'street' village and has a number of places of interest as well as a great variety of places to eat and drink.
Henley's High Street is one of the best known in England with its great variety of architectural styles and medley of red brick and black and white half-timbered buildings. The street runs north to south but variations in its width and slight curves offer the visitor a number of pleasant views.
The Henley-in-Arden Heritage and Visitor Centre, on the High Street, offers fascinating displays charting the development of this classic mediaeval market town. Exhibits include the 1449 charter that granted privileges to Henley, the recent work of TV's Time Team, tales from town life and the story of Henley's famous ice cream. Whether it's the height of summer or a brisk winter's day you're almost guaranteed to spot people browsing the streets eating ice cream!
Today there are many reminders that Henley was once two distinct settlements - Henley and Beaudesert.
The site of Beaudesert Castle and St Nicholas Church Beaudesert date from the end of the 11th century while the church of St John the Baptist and Guild Hall date from the 15th century (open on Sunday afternoons from April to October). The latter has a collection of relics including furniture, pewter plate and manorial rolls.
Henley has a good number of small, quality shops and many excellent pubs and restaurants.
For more information go to: www.henley-in-arden.org