Maidenhead: Best Things to Do

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Maidenhead is a market town on the River Thames in one of the richest areas in England, located not far from the headwaters of Windsor.

Maidenhead has a neat city center that was developed after the World War II.

Most of the city's charm comes from the banks of the river, where there is a golden age railroad bridge designed by Brunel in the 18th century.

In Maidenhead you can visit to Ray Mills Island, where there is a sweet little park with cafes and playgrounds.

The River Thames will be a favorite place for your plans in Maidenhead, whether traveling by boat, water activities, walking on Thames Road or going for days to Windsor.



Maidenhead offers very interesting recreational spots including the Odeon cinema, a thriving arts center at Norden Farm, Magnet Leisure Center, and bowling tenpin. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, Maidenhead offers some fantastic parks and open spaces. National Trust - Cookham Moor is a park as well as the location for many events throughout the year including Maidenhead at the Movies and Maidenhead Carnival.

National Trust - Cookham Moor

Beautiful place maintained by the National Trust.

This is a perfect place to walk the dogs and in the summer you can take a break.

It is peaceful & tranquill.

Also a great place for a picnic on a sunny day.

Address : 2 High St, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9SG, United Kingdom


A trip to the River Thames in the downtown is a must and a short walk from the downtown will take you to the river with an 18th-century road bridge and the famous 'Sounding Arch' from Brunel displayed in Turner's paintings of 'Rain, Steam and Speed.' Walking along the riverbank offers stunning views of the River Thames and great walks to the villages of Cookham, Marlow, Bray and Windsor and Eton. Maidenhead Heritage Centre is also an interesting museum to visit, a place where you can find the history of the city.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre

It is such a friendly little museum and the displays are really interesting.

Upstairs air transport museum fascinating and spitfire simulator brilliant.

Wonderful selection of artifacts and photos about the history of Maidenhead.

Also great to see exhibits from Nicholsons Brewery and Vandervell which also have a family connection.

Plenty of other items too, so great to learn a bit more about the town's history.

Address : 18 Park St, Maidenhead SL6 1SL, United Kingdom


Jumbo South African Shop is a gift shop that is must visit in Maidenhead. You can get numerous interesting items and souvenirs to buy. The charming atmosphere of the city won't be complete without bringing home some souvenirs from there.

Jumbo South African Shop

Friendly shop for a taste of Southern African foodstuffs to bring back memories.

They have a loyalty card with freebies if you keep spending.

The artwork for sale is a must to see and buy.

All the staff are friendly.

Address : 1-6 Brock Ln, Maidenhead SL6 1LP, United Kingdom


There are a variety of restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes to choose from to suit all tastes and budgets. Enjoy a leisurely morning with a continental or cooked breakfast or lunch in a family-friendly café. Or celebrate a special occasion with traditional afternoon tea in a restaurant or hotel.


The long range history of World War II in Maidenhead left historical and cultural buildings. You can easily notice the culture in the old days from the architecture of the buildings. Maidenhead is a city where you can speak English, since it is located in England.


The best times to visit Maidenhead for ideal weather are May 28th to September 30th based on average temperature and humidity.


Fredrick's Hotel Restaurant Spa is located a 6-minute walk from Maidenhead Golf Course, 1.6 km from the city center of Maidenhead, and 7.1 kilometres from the village of Bray. All neat traditional rooms and suites are all individually decorated and include en suite bathrooms, as well as flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Suites add a living room. Thames Riviera Hotel & Blue River Café is an impressive property, this riverside hotel is 4.7 km from the M4 highway and 3.1 km from downtown Maidenhead. All modern rooms include en suite bathrooms, and have a flat-screen TV and free WiFi, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms have a balcony or pull-out sofa, while upgraded rooms add a seating area and river views.

Fredrick's Hotel Restaurant Spa

Lovely hotel for staying with a pleasant service.

The room is lovely and spacious,and you can enjoy amazing afternoon at the spa.

The best thing Fredricks has to offer is it restaurant.

Breakfast has multiple choice,very good including full English.

Staff are great - professional and friendly.

Address : Shoppenhangers Rd, Maidenhead SL6 2PZ, United Kingdom

Thames Riviera Hotel & Blue River Café

Excellent hotel,it is right next to the river.

The room is spacious, the bed comfortable and it has a very pleasant view over the river.

The breakfast is amazing and the evening meal is one of the best.

The service is also very friendly and helpful.

Address : Bridge Rd, Maidenhead SL6 8DW, United Kingdom


The Gourmet Chicken Company is a restaurant in the downtown of Maidenhead serving grilled chicken meat. You can also get numerous cuisine such as burgers, beef, and many more. Miyazaki is a famous Japanese restaurant that you can't even find in its homeland. Popular menus such as sushi and other Asian cuisines are served with interesting twist and wonder. It can be your alternative place to eat while in Maidenhead.

The Gourmet Chicken Company

Highly recommend this restaurant for the good quality at affordable prices and great management.

It offers excellent tasty chicken, onion rings and salad.

Both the sweet potato chips and regular chips.

The owner and staff are friendly and helpful with choosing what to have.

Address : 93 Queen St, Maidenhead SL6 1LR, United Kingdom


A quaint little Japanese Restaurant probably one of the best around London.

The food served is simple and authentic.

It offers beer, sushi, prawn tempura and the Japanese curry with rice and croquettes.

Would recommend this restaurant as one of the best if you are looking for good food and authentic Japanese cuisine.

Address : 63 Queen St, Maidenhead SL6 1LT, United Kingdom


Saints Cafe is a nice place to have some soup, cakes, coffee and menus for breakfast and lunch. Located in an easy access place, this cafe can be your place to grab some quick meals. You can also visit the Flavio's - Cafe Bar Restaurant - Maidenhead. They serve proper English breakfast with typical breads and also some tea.

Saints Cafe

Best option for coffee in Maidenhead with top quality of coffee.

It's very pleasant spot and creates this homely feeling with warm atmosphere.

It offers tasty coffee,lovely cakes with vegan options.

Staff that make your coffee are friendly and chatty, giving you a real boost to your day.

Address : 49a St Mark's Rd, Maidenhead SL6 6DP, United Kingdom

Flavio's - Cafe Bar Restaurant - Maidenhead

Certainly a spot worth trying to enjoy delicious dishes.

They have delicious breakfast meals which have different variations of an English breakfast.

The tapas are also a great choice.

The service is amazing and prices are really fair.

Address : 116 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1PT, United Kingdom


The Maiden's Head has great drink choices with special beers and spirits. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of typical English pubs with variety of spirits to pick. The Windsor Castle is a smart corner pub with a large south-facing garden that offers modern British and Mediterranean cuisine. You can have your drinks alongside with some meals to have.

The Maiden's Head

Perhaps the most iconic pub in Maidenhead.

Lovely place, very welcoming to dogs and cosy.

They have a good selection of gin served properly in a large fishbowl glass.

Also,large choice of burgers on the menu.

Address : 34 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1QE, United Kingdom

Windsor Castle

This is definitely one of the favorite attractions near London.

Very beautiful and a must visit for those who want to know more about royals.

Take some great photos from the river bridge or main gate or from inside.

The staff are polite and helpful and add to the value of the experience.

It's free and adds a ton of history, background and information to the entire visit.

Address : Windsor SL4 1NJ, UK


The Norden Farm Centre for the Arts has an unusual location on an old milk farm. This ensemble has two listed buildings, an 18th-century warehouse and a Georgian farmhouse. Maidenhead has been planning art venues since the 1970s, and finally settled on this site in the 1990s. Dorney Court is an early Tudor mansion open for tours every afternoon in August, and also during Bank May Holidays. A beautiful half-timber house built around 1440 and most of it has remained the same since 1500. The Dorney Court has belonged to the Palmer Family since the 16th century and is still a cheerful family home.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Lovely arts centre, theatre, cinema, gallery, cafe and meeting space

Set in a group of historic farm buildings on the outskirts of Maidenhead.

This regionally renowned centre has something for everyone.

They also do a meal + film deal on selected evenings, which is very good.

Address : Altwood Rd, Maidenhead SL6 4PF, United Kingdom


Ray Mill originated from a flour mill, was built on the island in 1726 and was destroyed in the 1920s. Since the 50s the island has been owned by boroughs and has many facilities in beautiful surroundings. A cafe, Island Piazza, is open during the summer months and you can sip tea or coffee at a picnic table by the water. Cliveden House is one of the most valuable National Trust houses and it is only a few minutes above the River Thames. The large house is located on an Italian terrace, 40 meters above the east bank of the river. It was rebuilt in 1851 by Charles Barry, and has a mixture of Palladian and Cinquecento architecture.

Cliveden House

This is certainly a must see if you ever find yourself in London.

Afternoon is great, the drinks are delicious and the location is stunning.

There is favourite restaurant,the setting is lovely and the food is incredible.

It’s also a great place to go for a dog walk as the grounds are huge.

Address : Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JF, United Kingdom

Ray Mill Island

Such an amazingly beautiful place.

Spectacular Weir, little animals corner, Guinea pigs and birds and interesting to watch boats going through lock.

Grounds are well kept and the weir is worth while pondering over.

Lots to do and see for children of all ages and somewhere to sit with a hot/cold drinks.

Address : Boulters Lock, Ray Mead Rd, Maidenhead SL6 8PE, United Kingdom