The town is celebrated for its invigorating climate, and its annual regatta on the Derwent attracts numerous visitors.
The buildings lie close to the Thames, and the school is famous for rowing, sending an eight to the regatta at Henley each year.
There was a regatta in the Northwest Arm, in which the boats from the different warships were engaged.
It is only since about 1870 that this popularity has grown up. Ten years earlier even rowing-boats were few excepting at Oxford, at Henley in regatta time, and at Putney on the tideway.
Of these Henley Royal Regatta is pre-eminent by the number and importance of the entries, and by its comparative antiquity.