The River Thames has been part of English history for over thousands of years, and we are lucky enough to have our hotel, Sir Christopher Wren to be the only hotel in Windsor to have the River right on our doorstep. The river is famous all around the world thanks to its rich history and affiliation with the city of London. If you want to know a bit more about the River Thames and its famous history, read on as we’ve pulled some facts and interesting information that you may not know already.
The River Thames flows through southern England including London. Statistically it is 215 miles long, making it the longest river that is entirely in England and only the second longest in the UK, just behind the river Severn. The river flows through Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor, passing Market Towns, picturesque villages, and London. If the Thames didn’t exist, London wouldn’t be what it is today as it holds the important job of draining the whole of the city. Also two-thirds of London’s drinking water comes from the Thames itself!
Facts you may not know
The source of the river is located in Gloucestershire, and carries on across the country onto the Atlantic Ocean. There are a total of 45 locks along the river and over 200 bridges. The longest bridge that crosses the Thames is the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, commonly known as the Dartford Crossing, opened in 1991 and is 812 meters long. There are approximately 125 different species of fish living in the tides of the Thames, including a pike fish. Dolphins have been sighted in the river, as they travel inland in search of food. In 1252, King Henry III owned a polar pear which he kept primarily in the Tower of London, and often let it swim in the Thames to catch fish and stretch it’s legs.
River Thames Today
The River Thames has been the set for many Hollywood films, including Spider Man, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. It brings attraction from all over the world as it’s a gateway to many of London’s top attractions such as, London Eye, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The O2. In recent times, the Thames Path has been linked up to make it the longest riverside walk in Europe which is 184 miles long. Every year, the Thames holds the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race, attracting tourists from around the country.
Places to visit along the Thames
If you’re searching for a place to stay along the River Thames, and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city of London, then Sir Christopher Wren Hotel is the perfect choice. Some of our rooms have beautiful riverside views so you can soak up the sights while watching the swans and boats glide through Windsor. Book your room online and save 15% when you book at least 5 days in advance. Why not enjoy everything British when you visit us and enjoy a delicious Traditional Afternoon Tea in The Brasserie. You can sit outside on our spacious and sunny terrace this summer, with picturesque views of the Thames. Browse through our selection of Afternoon Teas and book a table online here.
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