The constituency of Maidenhead and Windsor is the most affluent area of the UK, with house prices often exceeding those of Central London. Its position on the River Thames, surrounded by beautiful countryside, and close proximity to the capital, Oxford and Windsor is unrivalled making it a gold-mine for commuters. It is one of the safest Conservative seats in the UK; its member of parliament is Theresa May, who served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019.
Like many towns, Maidenhead has lost some of its historic charm, and the town centre is a little uninspiring and overdeveloped in some parts. It does however retain some handsome 18th- and 19th-century buildings. The area near the river, locally known as Maidenhead Riverside, however, is a picturesque contrast to this, offering stunning views of the Thames and Chiltern Hills, along with scenic walks towards the villages of Cookham, Marlow, Bray and Windsor and Eton.
Maidenhead is on a major train line from London Paddington to Reading, with Reading also providing connections northward and good connections to The West Country. When the Elizabeth line opens sometimes in 2022-2023, faster connections to eastern London will be provided.
- 1 Maidenhead railway station.
Maidenhead is situated on Junction 8/9 of the M4 providing fast connections both East to London and west to Wales. There is also the A404 which connects Maidenhead to the M40 in 15 minutes, allowing good connections north.
There are a few reputable taxi services in Maidenhead like Maidenhead Taxis & Minibuses U want & On-Time to name a few, they will pickup and drop off locally and nationally 24hrs a day.
There are good bus links, you can get most buses from Frascati Way in the town centre, or near Boots on the high street.
Maps & Guides of Windsor & Maidenhead page contains maps for the area, including cycle routes and local facilities.
- 1 Maidenhead Railway Bridge. The famous railway bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
- 2 Boulter's Lock and Boulters Island (on the River Thames). A great spot for walks amongst relatively tame squirrels and views of Maidenhead Weir. There is also a small hotel/restaurant on the island.
- 3 Maidenhead United FC, York Road SL6 1SF. "The Magpies" play in the National League, the fifth tier of soccer in England. Their York Road stadium, capacity 4000, is 200 yards east of the railway station. They've played there since 16 Feb 1871, making it the oldest continuously-used senior football ground in the world.
- Bray is a picturesque village.
- 4 Jesus Hospital, 1923 High St, Bray, SL6 2AN. Grade I almshouses and chapel founded by William Goddard 1609 with his statue above the entrance
- Cliveden House is a very upmarket hotel, see Sleep, but non-residents can visit the glorious gardens and woodlands, managed by the National Trust. They're open daily Apr-Oct 09:30-17:00, Nov-Mar 09:30-16:00, adult £10, child £5, NT free.
- 1 Maidenhead Heritage Centre, 18 Park St, Maidenhead, SL6 1SL, ☏ . Visit the heritage centre to discover the town's fascinating history.
- 2 Norden Farm Arts Centre, Altwood Rd, SL6 4PF, ☏ . Investigate the arts centre, which contains a theatre and arthouse cinema.
- 3 Odeon, 42-44 King St, SL6 1DY, ☏ . There is a mainstream cinema in the town centre.
- 4 The Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, SL6 8AW, ☏ .
- 5 David Lloyd Fitness Centre, Grenfell Place, SL6 1HJ, ☏ .
The town centre is a fairly typical one, containing most high street shops, including Next, Virgin Megastore, Boots, Superdrug, Marks and Spencer, and TopShop.
- 1 Nicholsons’s Shopping Centre, Nicholsons Ln, SL6 1LB, ☏ .
- Robert Dyas, 24 Kings Walk, SL6 1LB, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-5:30PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
Indian restaurants are well recommended. There are also decent Thai and Chinese restaurants.
One of Britain's culinary capitals, the village of Bray, is a very short distance away.
- 2 Waterside Inn (Roux Brothers'), Ferry Rd, Bray, SL6 2AT, ☏ . A 3-star Michelin restaurant - the first outside of France.
- 3 Fat Duck (Heston Blumenthal's), High St, Bray, SL6 2AQ, ☏ . At one time, the second best restaurant in the world according to Caterer magazine.
- 1 The Bear, 8-10 High St, SL6 1QJ, ☏ . 8AM-midnight. Grade II Weatherspoons
- 2 Craufurd Arms, 15 Gringer Hill,SL6 7LY, ☏ .
- 3 The North Star, Westborough Rd, SL6 4AP (where it meets North Star Lane), ☏ .
Surrounding villages and suburbs have some excellent ancient pubs. Non-chain bars include Phatz Bar, good for live music, as well as Coco bar.
- 4 The Oak & Saw, Rectory Rd, Taplow, SL6 0ET, ☏ . A hidden gem of a pub
In the lively village of Burnham:
- 5 The Bee, 1 Britwell Rd, Burnham, SL1 8AG (at the top of Burnham High Street), ☏ . This pub often has a live band on Saturday night
- 6 Old Five Bells, 14 Church St, Burnham, SL1 7HZ (opposite St Peters Church), ☏ . A Greene King Pub
- 7 Garibaldi, Burnham, SL1 7JB (opposite Burnham Hall and the war memorial), ☏ . Half-timbered pub circa 1762 predates the Italian soldier and politician
- Rooms to rent in Maidenhead - Thieves Garden self-catering apartment for short term lets. Thieves Garden provides well-equipped accommodation.
- 1 Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor, Manor Ln, SL6 2RA, ☏ . The hotel in Maidenhead also provides leisure facilities including a pool, spa, and gym.
- 2 Hurley House, Henley Rd, Hurley SL6 5LH, ☏ . Smart stylish hotel and restaurant. B&B double £150.
- 3 Cliveden House, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL6 0JF, ☏ . It's odd that National Trust membership doesn't get you a free stay at this gob-smacking luxurious Italianate pile. There's a long list of famous names who've stayed, such as Meghan Markle in 2018, and that list can only continue to grow in what is a top-class hotel for comfort, service and cuisine. Mere mortals (NT or otherwise) are also welcome along with their children and dogs. B&B double £500.
- Go north to Cookham — a picturesque village between Maidenhead and Marlow. It is a traditional English country village with a hugely popular gallery and excellent but expensive restaurants. Trains link Cookham with Maidenhead every hour. Or walk there along the river, about 1 hour.
- Go south east to Windsor, bypassing Bray, on the A308
- Go north west to Marlow following the A404— another attractive Thames-side town.
|Routes through Maidenhead|
|Reading ← Wokingham ←||W E||→ Slough → London|
|Reading ← Twyford ←||W E||→ Slough → London|