Maidenhead

Maidenhead is a dormitory town in the county of Berkshire in the South East of England.

Understand

The constituency of Maidenhead and Windsor is the most affluent area of the UK, with house prices often exceeding those of Central London. Its position in the River Thames countryside, with close proximity to the capital, is unrivalled making it a gold-mine for commuters. It is one of the safest Conservative seats in the UK (the MP is the Home Secretary, Theresa May).

Like many towns, Maidenhead has its fair share of crime and antisocial behaviour, and the town centre is a little grey and full of concrete. The area near the river, locally known as Maidenhead Riverside, however, is a pleasant contrast to this, offering nice views of the Thames and great walks towards the villages of Cookham, Marlow, Bray and Windsor and Eton.

Get in

By Train

Maidenhead is on a major train line from London Paddington Station to Reading, with Reading also providing connections Northward and good connections to The West Country.

Maidenhead is to be connected the Crossrail in 2019 which will provide faster connections to East London.

By Car

Maidenhead is Situated on Junction 8/9 of the M4 providing fast connections both East to London and West to Wales. There is also the A404 which connects Maidenhead to the M40 in 15 minutes, allowing good connections North.

By Plane

Largely, London Heathrow is the best flight connection from Maidenhead, with just a 20 minute drive down the M4 or an hours train journey.

Gatwick Airport is also popular for travellers, as flights there are often cheaper. However, the hour car journey is the best way for getting to the Airport, so taxi costs may be incurred.

Get around

There are good bus links, you can get most buses from Frascati Way in the town centre, or near Boots on the high street.

Maps & Guides of Windsor & Maidenhead page contains maps for the area, including cycle routes and local facilities.

See

File:Maidenhead Railway Bridge

Do

Investigate the Norden Farm arts centre, which is newly opened and contains a theatre and arthouse cinema. There is an Odeon mainstream cinema in the town centre. The Magnet Leisure centre is complimented by the David Lloyd Fitness Centre. Visit Maidenhead Heritage Centre to discover the town's fascinating history.

Buy

The town centre is a fairly typical one, containing most high street shops, including Next, Virgin Megastore, Boots, Superdrug, Marks and Spencer, and TopShop.

Eat

Indian restaurants such as the Emperor of India are well recommended. There are also decent Thai and Chinese restaurants. One of Britain's culinary capitals, the village of Bray, is a very short distance away. This village contains the Roux Brothers' Waterside Inn as well as Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, which is currently the second best restaurant in the world according to Caterer magazine.

Drink

Surrounding villages and suburbs have some excellent ancient pubs. Non-chain bars include Phatz Bar, good for live music, as well as Coco bar. Surprisingly, the Lloyds/Wetherspoons branch in Maidenhead (The Greyhound) is featured in a CAMRA drinking guide. Lovers of ale should head there since there is a great and ever changing line up of taps. Well, the pub is really for everyone since its prices can't be beaten locally.

Sleep

Rooms to rent in Maidenhead - Thieves Garden self catering apartment for short term lets. Thieves Garden provides well equipped accommodation for anyone looking rooms to rent in Maidenhead. Ideal for those visiting the region who are looking for the comfort of a hotel but with the extra space and independence of a self-catering apartment - without the need for long term contracts or utility bills.

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