Visit Maidenhead and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Maidenhead, Berkshire, has a population of around 60,000. It is in the 'Silicon Valley'. Many residents commute to work, by rail or by road on the M4, in London, or the towns of Reading and Slough. Maidenhead's industries include: pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, computer software, plastics and printing. The town is also a boating centre.
The town's name comes from the riverside area where the 'new wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe' was built, perhaps as early as Saxon times. It has been suggested that the nearby Great Hill of Taplow was called the 'Mai Dun' by the Iron Age Britons.
In 1280, a bridge was erected across the river to replace the ferry and the Great Western Road was diverted in order to make use of it. This led to the growth of Maidenhead: a stopping point for coaches on the journeys between London and Bath and the High Street became populated with inns. The current Maidenhead Bridge, a local landmark, was built in 1777.
King Charles I met his children for the last time before his execution in 1649 at the Greyhound Inn, which is now a branch of the NatWest Bank. A plaque commemorates their meeting.
Trains on the Great Western Railway built by Brunel stop at Maidenhead from and to Bristol and London. Maidenhead Station is the beginning of the branch line to Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
The River Thames flows through Maidenhead, and the Jubilee River flood defence scheme begins there. York Stream flows through the town centre.
Schools: Cox Green Secondary, Altwood C of E Secondary, Desborough, St Piran's, Claires Court, St Edmund Campion, The College, Ridgeway, Furze Platt, Courthouse Newlands Girls' and Highfield.
Windsor and Maidenhead are twinned with: Frascati, Italy; Bad Godesberg, Germany; St Cloud, France; and Kortrijk, Belgium.
Famous residents, past and present
- Michael Parkinson (journalist and TV presenter)
- Rolf Harris (artist and TV presenter)
- Chris Barrie (actor)
- Carol Vorderman (TV show hostess)
- Kate Winslet (actress)
- Timmy Mallet (TV presenter)
- Spice Girls (singers)
- Howard Jones (musician)
Nearby parishes and villages: Knowl hill, Bisham, Highway, White Waltham, The Cookhams (Cookham Rise, Cookham Village & Cookham Dean), Pinkneys Green, Taplow, Holyport, Bray, Bray Wick, Woodlands Park, Fishery, Furze Platt, Cox Green, Hurley, Altwood, Dorney, Tittle Row, Littlewick Green, Burchetts Green, Boyn Hill, North Town, Maidenhead Court, Paley street, Oakley Green, Warfield, Eaton Wick and Waltham St Lawrence
Nearby towns: Eton, Slough, Marlow, Windsor, High Wycombe, Ascot, Reading, Bracknell, Beaconsfield, The Chalfonts, Wargrave, Twyford
Have you decided to visit Maidenhead or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Maidenhead bed and breakfast (a Maidenhead B&B or Maidenhead b and b)
- a Maidenhead guesthouse
- a Maidenhead hotel (or motel)
- a Maidenhead self-catering establishment, or
- other Maidenhead accommodation