Local Information

Maidenhead is a town within within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire. It lies on the River Thames and is situated 25.7 miles (41.4 km) west of Charing Cross in London.


Maidenhead Railway Bridge offers links to London and stations towards Bristol. It passes over Brunel’s Maidenhead Railway Bridge (known locally as the Sounding Arch) famous for its flat brick arches. Maidenhead Station is the beginning of the Marlow Branch Line from Maidenhead to Marlow and is one of the proposed terminals for the London Crossrail scheme. Furze Platt railway station also serves the northern area of Maidenhead.

The River Thames runs half a mile to the east of the town centre, and York Stream, which runs through the town centre. Situated on the River Thames, the town is a rowing centre. The Maidenhead Rowing Club organises the Maidenhead Regatta which, along with the Marlow Regatta and Henley Regatta. Maidenhead has seen many winners go on to represent the United Kingdom at the Olympic games.

The town’s football team Maidenhead United play at York Road which is the oldest football ground in the world continuously used by the same team.

The Maidenhead Rugby Club was founded in 1921 and is the largest organised sports team in the town. In September 2011 the town hosted the first ever Maidenhead Half Marathon.

The town is also home to Maidenhead Sailing Club at Summerleaze lake which is home to one of the largest Albacore fleets in the area.


Currently, rail services are provided by First Great Western who took over the Thames Trains franchise in 2003/4.

Local bus services are provided by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, Arriva the Shires and 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 (accessed via the A404(M) and A308(M)). The M4 and M40 are linked by the A404(M)/A404 which skirts the western side of Maidenhead.

State Senior Schools

  • Furze Platt Senior School
  • Desborough College (formerly Desborough School and Maidenhead Grammar School)
  • Cox Green School
  • Altwood Church of England School
  • Newlands Girls’ School (previously Maidenhead High School)

Junior Schools

  • Furze Platt Junior School (Furze Platt Infant School caters for reception-year2)
  • Courthouse Junior School
  • St Edmund Campion Primary School (RC)
  • St. Mary’s Primary School (RC)
  • All Saints CofE Junior School
  • St. Lukes CofE School
  • Lowbrook Academy
  • Wessex Primary School
  • Larchfield

Private Schools

  • St Piran’s School
  • Claires Court School (boys 11-16)
  • The College (girls 4-16)
  • Ridgeway (boys 4-11)
  • Highfield School

The closest higher education institution is the Thames Valley University (TVU) campus at Slough (9.5 km / 6 miles to the east).

Reading College (formerly TVU Reading) and the University of Reading are both approximately 21 km / 13 miles to the west.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

RBWM has two main offices:
Town Hall
St Ives Road
Tel 01628 798888
Fax 01628 796408

York House
Sheet Street
Tel 01753 810525
Fax 01628 683525


Local Information

This is a map of the town centre showing all roads, car parks and one way streets. There are more than 3000 car park spaces in the town. The town centre is about 2 miles from junction 8/9 of the M4.

Maidenhead station is also shown. The station has a fast train service to London Paddington and runs to Reading and the west country. A branch line links to Cookham and Marlow.