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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

Provider Preferences

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

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    65
  • Very Good
    22
  • Average
    5
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • paula o
    baldock
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Spitfire flight simulator was the highlight of our visit !
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 24th January 2018
    The collection which includes the simulator is in honour and recognition of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) which operated during WW2 ferrying military aircraft from the factories to the RAF... Read full review
  • peterfhouse
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Business
    visit to heritage centre
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 22nd January 2018
    Small but most interesting museum type but also information centre. Includes a remarkable spitfire cockpit experience so slightly unusual. Read full review
  • SallyK316
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Very interesting place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th January 2018
    I arranged a spitfire simulator flight for my husband’s birthday. We were made to feel so welcome and the tour of the exhibition was great. The flight was fab great fun. Would highly recommend. 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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