Base manager Barry Brant welcomes you to Benson.
Nestled in the banks of the Thames, which snakes its way through the lush green countryside of England, the village of Benson is in the heart of a tourist area, which combines heritage and history. Follow the “Kings Highway”, the famous “Thames” and discover the varied landscape of meadows and hills, the small flower bedecked towns and their cottages of genuine Old England, creating an atmosphere of timeless charm.
Our base offers toilets, showers, a restaurant, bar and a laundry.
Le Boat Benson base
GB - OX10 6SJ
Base opening times
From 9.00am to 5.00pm.
There are restaurants, shops and a greengrocer all nearby. There is no bank at Benson but there is a cash back facility at the supermarket.
Supermarket opening times:
Monday – Thursday 8.00am to 7.00pm
Friday – 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00pm
Sunday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Post Office opening times:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Hotels and restaurants
The Crown Inn
- 01 491 838 331
The Three Horseshoes
- 01 491 838 242
- 01 491 835 087
The George Hotel
- 01 491 836 665
The Boat House
- 01 491 833 188
- 01 491 836 249
The Opium Den (Chinese)
The base is situated on the A4074 Oxford, in the direction of Reading Road. From London take M40 in the west direction to exit number 7.
Take A329 in direction of Wallingford.
At Shillingford, turn left on to the A4074 and follow road to Benson/Reading.
At the roundabout with BP garage & MacDonald’s, go straight over and approximately 500meters on the right, you will see the Waterfront Café & sign for Benson Marina - turn right here.
Turn right past the pine shop and then proceed through the white electric gates which will require a code given with your travel documents.
You will find our reception on the riverside where the fleet is moored. Bring the car to the riverside to unload your luggage and once stowed, your car can be parked within the secure car park.
London Heathrow or Gatwick
The nearest station is Cholsey which is 11km away or Didcot at 16 km. From London Heathrow or from Paddington station take the train to Reading and then to Goring. At Goring, take a bus to Benson.