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Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Type:Museum

18 Park Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1SL

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About

Learn all about the history of Maidenhead AND fly in a Spitfire simulator at this little gem of a museum!

The history of Maidenhead can be told through its River, its Roads and its Railway, for the fortunes of the town depend largely on transportation and communications.

In its permanent and temporary exhibitions, Maidenhead Heritage Centre tells the story of the town and its relationships to older nearby villages and towns (there was a Roman villa at Cox Green and Cookham and Bray were recorded in the Domesday Book). 

It records the significance of the building in 1250 of the first wooden bridge across the Thames, carrying the road from London to Bath and Bristol and establishing the town at a key location along this route. 
During Georgian times the present stone bridge was built and Maidenhead grew rich from the coaching trade. 

The prosperity of the area was further enhanced in Victorian times, when Brunel built his famous Great Western Railway right through the town. His unique brick built “Sounding Arch” bridge still carries the railway across the Thames. Although the railway was the death knell of the coaching trade, Maidenhead’s Riverside area became fashionable tourist destination, right up until the outbreak of the First World War.

The town has been home to many celebrities and important historical figures, and was chosen to host the Brigade of Guards Boat Club, sited beside the river near the bridge – the resulting influx of Victorian and Edwardian high society was both stimulating and scandalous!

Also housed at the Heritage Centre is the internationally important collection telling the story of the Air Transport Auxiliary, which was headquartered at nearby White Waltham throughout the Second World War. 

This was a civilian, volunteer unit, supporting the RAF by helping to ferry aircraft between factories and front-line squadrons.  Its male AND female pilots came from 25 different countries, including the USA.   Their adventures of courage, skill and sacrifice are told in the permanent  Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition.

You can also step back in time and fly a Spitfire in our unique simulator – experience for yourself what it must have been like for these young and adventurous pilots during the 1940s!

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1. General AdmissionFree
2. ATA museum and the “Grandma Flew Spitfires” exhibition (adult)from £3.00 to £3.50 per ticket
3. ATA museum and the “Grandma Flew Spitfires” exhibition (concession)£3.00 per ticket
4. ATA museum and the “Grandma Flew Spitfires” exhibition (child 11-16)up to £2.00 per ticket
5. ATA museum and the “Grandma Flew Spitfires” exhibition (under 11s)Free

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • Max group size - 20
  • Min group size - 10

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    71
  • Very Good
    25
  • Average
    6
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • Pam L
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Local museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
    Lovely and very interesting heritage centre in Park street maidenhead. Lot's of local history, very knowledgeable staff and you can even book to go on a spitfire simulator. Well worth a visit. Read full review
  • Derek C
    Havant, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    An interesting local museum but there are better Spitfire simulators
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 28th October 2018
    I visited this little museum after having been bought a Spitfire simulator voucher as a present. Luckily there is a car park adjacent to the Museum (go past the Museum and turn right). I would... Read full review
  • GillyatWokingham
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Interesting and enjoyable visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 8th November 2018
    Had a lovely time at the Heritage Centre. Welcoming and very knowledgable staff. The ATA exhibition was very informative and had lots of interesting artifacts. The spitfire simulator was great fun... Read full review

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Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2016

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 20 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*

* Maidenhead Heritage Centre reopens on 6 January 2018 after the Christmas and New Year break. As well as the normal opening times the Heritage Centre is open on the second Sunday of the month from 10am-12.30pm to accompany the Farmers' Market.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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