Located 25 miles west of London just to the west of the River Thames, Maidenhead has its place in history from its Anglo-Saxon origins. Its name was "Maiden Hythe" which meant the "New Wharf." A road bridge was first erected here across the Thames in 1280 to carry what became the Great West Road from London to the port of Bristol. Maidenhead grew as a stopping point for coaches and the High Street was packed with coaching inns.
Maidenhead Road Bridge built in 1777
With the arrival of the railway in the 19thcentury Maidenhead expanded even more. The famous Railway Bridge over the Thames at Maidenhead built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, boasts the flattest brick arches in the world (known as the Sounding Arches). Maidenhead will be the western terminus of the Crossrail Project set to expand further due to its excellent location and communications.
Brunel's rail bridge and arches - photo by Phillip Halling and reproduced by kind permission
Leisure activities on the River Thames grew around Boulters Lock and today the town has a rowing centre and training ground for future Olympic rowing athletes. York Stream is a tributary of the Thames which runs through the town and is being regenerated to enhance the centre.
Photo of Lock by Phillip Halling and reproduced by kind permission
The Thames Path can be accessed at Maidenhead Bridge (built in 1777) and allows you to do some wonderful walks along the Thames Path, either towards Cookham and Cliveden or downriver towards Bray and Windsor.
Other activities on the Thames include boat trips by local operators from Maidenhead down-river to Windsor and back. Maidenhead has a decent football team and a famous rugby club which attracts players from such places as America and Fiji. The Maidenhead Sailing Club is based here at Summerleaze Lake, outside the town.
Our selection of nice places to eat and drink- but its by no means a scientific survey !
The Hand and Flowers
Blue River Cafe
Jenners Riverside Cafe
The Baguette Shop
see Private Thames river cruises
Maidenhead has a Farmersí Market
For more info see Events section