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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!

 

Exhibitions at Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Now until 4 May 2019

The Story of Skindles - the most famous hotel on the Thames

Princes, presidents, film stars and pop stars patronised Skindles.  Discover the story of the coaching inn which became a magnet for the rich and famous.

 

9 May – 29 June 2019

Memories of D-Day

To mark the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1994, we interviewed 20 local people who shared their memories of D-Day, whether on the beaches, at sea with the Navy or in the air. We are reviving this fascinating exhibition for the 75th anniversary this June.

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

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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    74
  • Very Good
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  • Average
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  • Poor
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Recent Reviews:

  • Bowjo7
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    enjoyed by young and old
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th March 2019
    I took two female friends aged 11 and 71 to have a go on the spitfire simulator. They both enjoyed the experience very much. The staff were very helpful. Read full review
  • R3167WPsams
    Evesham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fantastic ATA spitfire exhibition
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th March 2019
    An amazing little museum. Travelled to see the ATA museum and wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. This small museum has been set up by a small group of enthusiasts and volunteers. This vital part... Read full review
  • thejonpage
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    After visiting several bigger attractions, here I’m back to the small things and the local.
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 5th April 2019
    ... Warning though, for space limitations often mean that exhibits are for those who’re enthusiastic enough to have some background knowledge. ‘Outsiders’ like you would therefore have some hard... 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 2019 - 20 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*

* 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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