The town of Maidenhead may not necessarily strike you as a typical tourist destination, but if you look a little closer you might well be pleasantly surprised by this bustling Berkshire town.
Located on the River Thames, the site that we now know as Maidenhead was thought to be first settled on as early as Saxon times, and as such there is plenty of heritage to be found in the town. It wasn't until Victorian times and the arrival of the Great Western Railway that the town began to rapidly expand. In fact, the Brunel-built Maidenhead Railway Bridge was the very bridge immortalised in Turner's famous painting: Rain, Steam and Speed.
Maidenhead today is a thoroughly modern town, and is situated in England's Silicon Corridor from which many of the country's leading technology and pharmaceutical businesses operate. Its IT and high-tech industries have helped the town prosper, bringing with it new investment and an influx of people who want all the amenities of a modern town but with the benefits of beautiful countryside too.
Maidenhead's location on the River Thames means that along with nearby Marlow and Henley, the town has a long association with rowing. Maidenhead Regatta is often a showcase for athletes who go on to taste Olympic success. The town is also home to a sailing club, as well as well-established football and rugby teams. That means sports enthusiasts who want to try their hand at rowing, whether you're a newcomer or an experiences oarsman, have plenty of opportunities to indulge their passion all year round.
With High Wycombe and Reading just a short journey away by car or public transport, Maidenhead is also an ideal springboard from which to discover what the spectacular countryside of the Chilterns has to offer.