Located less than an hour outside of London, Maidenhead is a destination you can easily explore in a day. Stroll through Riverside Gardens, take a walk along the banks of the Thames, or wile away the hours on Maidenhead Commons, before paying a visit to historic York Road Stadium.
Meanwhile, art and culture lovers shouldn’t skip Norden Farm Centre for the Arts or the Maidenhead Heritage Centre. You can also combine a visit to Maidenhead with a 20-minute walk to the nearby village of Bray, which is known for two Michelin star institutions: the Fat Duck and the Waterside Inn.
Things to Know Before You Go
Music lovers shouldn’t skip Maidenhead—the Spice Girls once called it home.
Maidenhead is well-connected by public transit to London, making it an ideal day trip from the capital.
Weather in the UK can change quickly, so pack layers and an umbrella if you’re planning a visit to Maidenhead.
Maidenhead is generally wheelchair and stroller accessible, although not all the bars, stores, and attractions will be; check in advance before visiting.
How to Get There
Situated on the banks of the River Thames just 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of London, Maidenhead is well connected by daily trains from London Paddington. By car, follow the M4 west towards Windsor before following signs to Maidenhead.
When to Get There
There’s no bad time to visit Maidenhead, although summer sees the arrival of better weather and annual cultural events. In July, you can enjoy the annual free-to-enter Maidenhead Festival, while August welcomes Maidenhead at the Movies, an open-air film festival held at Kidwells Park.
Maidenhead is surrounded by several charming towns and villages, including the aforementioned Bray. Beyond Bray, you can admire the works of Sir Stanley Spencer in Cookham, catch a game of village cricket in Littlewick Green, or pay a visit to regal Windsor which is home to both Legoland and Windsor Castle.
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