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About Maidenhead

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Maidenhead is a large market town in Berkshire, England, on the south-western bank of the River Thames. With a population of about 73,000, Maidenhead is the largest town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The town is situated 25.7 miles (41.4 km) west of Charing Cross, London, 11.7 miles (18.8 km) northeast of the county town of Reading, 28.3 miles (45.5 km) southeast of Oxford, 8.0 miles (12.9 km) east-south-east of Henley on Thames and 5.8 miles (9.3 km) northwest of Windsor.

The town is also currently the political constituency (since 1997) of the current British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May; she has held this role since 13 July 2016.

Maidenhead's name stems from the riverside area where the first "New wharf" or "Maiden Hythe" was built, as early as Saxon times. In the year 870, an army of Danes invaded the kingdom of Wessex. They disembarked from their longboats by the wharf and ferry crossing at Maidenhead and fought their way overland to Reading where they set up camp and made it their regional power base. The area of the present town centre was originally a small Anglo-Saxon town known as "South Ellington". The town would have likely developed on the Camlet Way on the site of Alaunodunum as the Bath Road was not re-routed until the 13th century. Maidenhead is recorded in the Domesday Book as the settlement of Ellington in the hundred of Beynhurst


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Maidenhead Travel Links

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The (Brunel-built) Great Western Main Line passes through the town, calling at Maidenhead railway station and offering frequent, direct services to London, Reading, Newbury, Didcot and Oxford. Additionally, there are less frequent direct services to Banbury, Hereford, Worcester and Great Malvern. Maidenhead Station is the beginning of the Marlow Branch Line from Maidenhead to Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Furze Platt railway station on this branch also serves the northern area of Maidenhead. Rail services have been provided by Great Western since 2003-04.

Local bus services are provided by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, Arriva Shires & Essex and Courtney Coaches.

The A4 runs through the town and crosses the Thames over Maidenhead Bridge. The town lies adjacent to junction 8/9 on the M4 motorway and is accessed via the A404(M) and A308(M). The A308(M), A404(M) and A404 form the Marlow and Maidenhead bypass which also acts as an important link between the M4, to the south of the town, and M40 at High Wycombe.

The Crossrail project that is expected to be fully opened in autumn 2019, after previously being expected to be completed by December 2018. In the initial plan for Crossrail, Maidenhead was expected to become the terminus for the line, which will be known as the Elizabeth Line. However, after consultation Crossrail Limited and Transport for London decided to extend this to Reading, which also serves as a major hub for the Great Western route. The route will double the current timetable from 4 services an hour (operated by the exciting Great Western Railway route) to 8 services an hour (combining both Elizabeth Line and GWR services).



Taxi Firms in Maidenhead

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With so much to do within Maidenhead and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Maidenhead is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Aqua Cars, On Time Cars and U Want Taxis.


Hotels and Guest Houses in Maidenhead

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Fredrick's Hotel Restaurant Spa, Maidenhead -

This upscale hotel and spa is a 6-minute walk from Maidenhead Golf Course, a mile from Maidenhead town centre, and 4.4 miles from the village of Bray. The refined, traditional rooms and suites are all individually decorated and include en suite bathrooms, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Suites add living areas. There's an elegant, white-tablecloth restaurant, and a bar with a heated garden terrace. There's also a chic spa with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a fitness studio, a steam room and a sauna. Treatments are available (fee). This modern hotel is set 1.3 km from Maidenhead train station and 14 km from Windsor Castle.

Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor -
The relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms have access to the hotel's fitness and pool facilities. Kids 18 and under stay with an adult at no additional charge. The hotel serves full English and continental buffet breakfast for a surcharge. There's also a casual restaurant and carvery, as well as laid-back bar and lounge. Additional amenities include a fitness centre, a spa, an indoor pool and a whirlpool (all for a fee). Meeting rooms are also available.

The Thames Riviera Hotel & Blue River Café, Maidenhead -
Occupying an imposing property, this riverside hotel is 2.9 miles from the M4 motorway and 1.9 miles from Maidenhead town centre. The modern rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms have balconies or pull-out sofas, while upgraded rooms add sitting areas and river views. There's a relaxed, airy bistro with a terrace overlooking the River Thames, and free parking is available.


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Lillibrooke Manor, Maidenhead -
A unique Grade II listed venue in the heart of the Thames Valley, Lillibrooke Manor has been lovingly restored as a perfect wedding venue providing a fairytale setting for your special day. They offer exclusive hire of the whole estate, allowing your wedding party the privacy of a venue that is all yours. Wander the stunning grounds and gardens and choose from a variety of beautiful buildings for your ceremony and reception. From the country church feel of the Small Barn through to the awe-inspiring Great Barn, Lillibrooke offers a stunning setting and guarantees you beautiful photographs at any time of year. The experienced events team at Lillibrooke Manor offers exceptional flexibility for you to design your special day around the style that you want to create.

Queen’s Eyot, Maidenhead -
A magical venue for your wedding reception. Superbly located on the River Thames, Queen's Eyot provides a picturesque, unique and romantic setting. There could be no more magical venue than Queen's Eyot for your wedding reception. Guests will be enchanted with their arrival by ferry and the peaceful setting of mature trees, extensive lawns and riverside gardens - a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. Every occasion is tailor-made to meet your requirements. The event team have chosen not to offer set package prices for wedding receptions to allow you the flexibility to create your day to your specific wishes. Simply take the venue hire and build upon it with the arrival drinks, canapés, menu, wines and evening buffet you require. If you have more than 60 guests, they can supply a luxury marquee which can cater for up to 150 guests for a formal meal or 200 for a buffet or barbecue. The clubhouse can accommodate up to 60.

Monk’s Barn -
The Monks’ Barn is a Grade II* listed medieval barn offering a unique venue for wedding receptions, civil ceremonies and parties. The Barn can seat 150 people at a reception and is licensed for up to 150 guests for civil ceremonies. Its unique features offer you the opportunity to create a special day with your own caterer, florist & furnishings. It has beautiful flagstone flooring throughout and has a separate dance floor, bar area and lawn. The Barn is available to hire on Saturdays from May to September and open for viewing by appointment on Tuesdays between bookings or at other times when the barn is not in use. 

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Event Planning in Maidenhead

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Complete your event in Maidenhead with DarkStar Discos, the Maidenhead marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the ones taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Maidenhead marquee hire experts.


Top Restaurants in Maidenhead

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Caldesi in Campagna, Bray near Maidenhead -
Drop in for a real Italian cappuccino, relax and enjoy a choice of Italian wines by the glass with some delicious home-made pasta. Share an antipasti platter or perhaps opt for a steak with rosemary fried chips. Or sit out in the herb garden where diners can eat al fresco. Perfect for business lunches, birthday celebrations or Christmas parties – enjoy the friendly Italian atmosphere.

Boulter’s, Maidenhead -
Situated on their very own island, Boulter’s are very fortunate to benefit from Maidenheads finest al fresco dining and drinking spot – even if they do say so themselves. Soak up the sun, atmosphere and beautiful riverside views whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a few grand gins or cocktails from the drinks List. The menu is served throughout the day in their eatery. Their sister restaurant, the Terrace Bar, offers rustic pub classics with a modern twist. With no microwave in the building, all food is made freshly to order.

The Grenfell Arms, Maidenhead -
The Grenfell Arms aim to serve up the best in cask ale, great wines, quality food and comfortable en-suite rooms. It is situated in a great location in Maidenhead just off the A4 with fabulous characterful bar and dining areas, oak panelling and a cosy real fire for those cooler evenings. The comfortable rooms have all been recently refurbished to a high standard and all 8 of them have quality beds to ensure a great night’s sleep and smart flat screens TVs with on demand throughout. The garden has just been 'made over' and is perfect when the sun comes out but also equipped with heaters and giant umbrellas for when the Great British Weather decides to be un-cooperative!  Our drinks range includes 8 cask ales with beers from some great local brewers and a quality wine list.



Top Things to do in Maidenhead

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Escape 3600, Maidenhead -
Escape 3600 is Berkshire’s premier real-life escape room experience. Their rooms use the latest next generation technology and professional decoration which will blow you away! Escape 3600 is located at The Magnet Leisure Centre in the heart of Maidenhead close to shopping, restaurants & cinema.  Escape 3600 provides participants with an adventure game in which they are locked in a room and have to find clues to solve a series of puzzles to escape. You have 3600 seconds to Escape!!

Maidenhead Heritage Centre -
Learn all about the history of Maidenhead and fly in a Spitfire simulator at this little gem of a museum. Experience for yourself what it must have been like for those young and adventurous pilots during the 1940s! The history of Maidenhead can be told through its River, its Roads and its Railway, for the fortunes of the town depend largely on transportation and communications. In its permanent and temporary exhibitions, Maidenhead Heritage Centre tells the story of the town and its relationships to older nearby villages and towns (there was a Roman villa at Cox Green and Cookham and Bray were recorded in the Domesday Book). It records the significance of the building in 1250 of the first wooden bridge across the Thames, carrying the road from London to Bath and Bristol and establishing the town at a key location along this route.

Cliveden House, Maidenhead -
Glorious gardens and woodlands overlooking the River Thames. Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls and royalty as you explore a series of gardens, each with their own special charm. From the formality of the Parterre with its vibrant floral displays to the quirky statuary and topiary in the Long Garden, the gardens will delight you in every season. The formal gardens give way to secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of woodland walks to discover.

The house is now a luxury hotel but you can take a peek inside by joining a short guided tour on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from March to end of October (timed ticket required). For younger visitors, the Storybook Play Den encourages imaginations to run wild as they play amongst wooden carvings of favourite storybook characters whilst the 500 metres of winding paths in the Cliveden Maze make it a challenge for all ages to find the centre.



Maidenhead Today

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As the Thames performs its geographical duty of marking the county boundary between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, it ambles along a gentle right-hand curve from Hurley to Bray, to complete a half-circle. In doing so it embraces some of the loveliest countryside in the Middle Thames, the river’s best sailing reach, a world-famous punting course, and laps the edge of the Chiltern spur where history has been made down the ages to the present day – from Saxon battles and Christian baptisms, to modern politics.  Unhappily punting has moved away and the power boats have taken over, but the scullers are still on the water.

At the heart of the half-circle is Maidenhead.  Since Edwardian days it has been a place for fun.  Once it was champagne parties, camping punts and Guard’s Club occasions, culminating in the season’s most fashionable event ‘Ascot Sunday’, a day of finery on the river. During the 1920s Maidenhead had a string of harmless drinking clubs which earned it notoriety but its naughty past began much earlier, when the Gaiety girls were lodged here; in fact, there is a short piece of riverside known locally as Gaiety Row.

Maidenhead owes its foundation to the bridge and a small chapel at a river crossing – once a ford through a much wider and shallower Thames.  The borough church of St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew is the successor of this chapel and like it, it’s close to Chapel Arches which now span a flood relief ditch. The town traces its beginnings from that chapel and its most historic possession is its charter of incorporation from Queen Elizabeth I signed in 1582.

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