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The Best Things To Do In Maidenhead UK

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There are plenty of fun things to do in Maidenhead, which makes it a great place for a break in the UK. Whether you are looking for days out to entertain the kids, romantic things to do with your partner or just looking to enjoy some time on your own - there are plenty of things to see and visit in the area. Our country house hotel is ideally located for a hotel break in Maidenhead, so we have lined up some of the best things to do to make sure you enjoy your trip to the area.

Attractions and days out in Maidenhead

Our list has got you covered if you are looking for attractions that will give you the best days out in Maidenhead. These three attractions provide a great day out that all ages will enjoy.


One of the most popular things to do in the town is to enjoy a day out at the zoo. BCA Zoo in Maidenhead is home to over 100 species of animals including: Otters, Tamarins, Monkeys, Meerkats, Alpacas, Pygmy Goats, Snakes, Iguanas, Spiders, Scorpions and much more! It is the perfect family attraction for animal lovers of all ages. Throughout the year BCA Zoo also runs a variety of animal encounters where you can get up close and personal with your favourite animals. They also run zookeeper experiences, animal academies and zoo tours. There are also seasonal events to keep an eye out for throughout the year.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre

A popular attraction to visit in the town is the Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Visitors can uncover the history of Maidenhead and the surrounding areas, including the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) - which was headquartered at White Waltham Airfield during WW1. Throughout the year the museum is home to a variety of events, exhibitions and talks. One of the popular things to do in the museum is to have a go on the Spitfire Simulator Experience where you can see what it was like to fly a Spitfire plane.

Boat Trips On The River Thames

Whilst visiting the market town we recommend making the most of the River Thames by enjoying a boat trip. These make for a great day out in the summer and the French Brothers cruise company operate trips from Maidenhead to Windsor on Tuesdays - Saturdays between May and September. There is a return trip included. The boat journey takes around 90 minutes and is commentated on so that you don’t miss the sights along the banks such as: the Monkey Island Estate, Oakley Court, Eton College and Windsor Castle.

Horse Riding For All Abilities

At Wayside Stables you can enjoy a day of horse riding in Maidenhead with horse riding activities for all abilities. The stables offers something for everyone to enjoy whether you are looking to enjoy the stunning scenery of Windsor Great Park on horse back or whether you are looking to have your first horse riding lesson. There are courses for children and adults which are taken by qualified instructors.

Paddle-boarding Along The Thames

One of the best fun things to do in Maidenhead is to take to the River Thames on a paddle board with Paddleboard Maidenhead. They offer fun filled activities with something for everyone to enjoy whether you are a new to paddleboarding or whether you are experienced. The list of activities includes: beginner sessions, guided river trips, safety courses, paddleboard hire, paddling parties  and yoga!

Things to do with the family in Maidenhead

If you are planning a family break in the area then there are plenty of family things to do with kids in Maidenhead to keep you busy. From adventure days to enjoying nature, there is something for everyone to enjoy. No matter what day out you opt for, our hotel rooms are the best way for the whole family to relax afterwards.

Ockwells Park

Ockwells Park makes for a great day out with the kids in Maidenhead. The park has plenty of walks for the family to enjoy and to get in touch with nature with different areas to explore including woodland and meadows. As well as this there is an outdoor play area which has equipment suitable for children ages 3 - 16 years old. The Ockwells Play Area was refurbished in November 2020 with new play equipment for children to enjoy. The park also has an outdoor gym, toilets, an onsite Cafe and indoor soft play room.

Norden Farm Centre For The Arts

If you are looking for a family day out in Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts might be the place for you. The thriving arts centre is built on the site of an old farm and is open 7 days a week - averaging 150 events a season. The venue is home to an array of spaces including: a studio theatre, an art gallery, a Georgian farmhouse, an 18th century Long Barn, a Cafe Bar as well as a main auditorium for film and live performances. From live music to puppet theatre shows, Norden Farm Centre has it all. The venue does a lot of work with the local community and local schools.

Bray Lake Watersports

When it comes to thrilling things to do in Maidenhead for families - Bray Lake Watersports is perfect. They have been operating for over 40 years and offer a variety of watersports for you to get stuck into including: Windsurfing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Canoes, Dinghy Sailing and Open Water Swimming. Equipment can be hired 7 days a week and tuition is available if you would like to be taught by an expert. The venue is home to a cafe as well as a clubhouse and shop where you can buy a range of things from clothing to equipment. Throughout the year there are seasonal events to look out for - including tasty BBQs!

Free things to do in Maidenhead

You don’t need to spend a penny to enjoy your time in the area. There are plenty of outdoor sights to see and stunning walks to explore. We have picked out three of the best free things to do in Maidenhead. After enjoying your day out in Maidenhead, our country house hotel provides the perfect retreat.

Boulter’s Lock On The River Thames

Boutler’s Lock on the River Thames won fame during the Victorian times - especially with the wealthier classes who spent holidays on houseboats here. It was particularly popular during warm summer months and on the Sunday of Ascot Week when carnivals, regattas and pageants took place. Nowadays it makes for a lovely summer walk where visitors can feed ducks, enjoy nature and experience riverside dining at The Boathouse at Boulter’s Lock. Boulter’s Weir at the Lock is very popular with kayaking enthusiasts.

Ray Mill Island

Right next to Boulter’s Lock sits Ray Mill Island - which also makes for a lovely free day out in Maidenhead. Whether you are looking for a romantic picnic, a family stroll or just nature watching on your own - you can do it all on Ray Mill Island. There are plenty of picnic tables available, a play area for children, toilets and a cafe in the summer.

The Sounding Arch

If you enjoy admiring stunning architecture then you must visit the Sounding Arch - also known as the Maidenhead Viaduct. The railway bridge was built in 1838 and the two arches are the widest and flattest in the world - each with a span of 128 feet. The red brick arches are a popular sight for tourists in the area.

Now that you know all of the best things to do in Maidenhead, you just need the best place to stay so that you can enjoy all of these days out. Our hotel is located in Taplow, just a stone's throw away from the attraction - making us the perfect place to stay near Maidenhead as the hub for your visit. Our country house hotel is home to 32 beautiful rooms from classic rooms to our stunning Windsor Suite. After a busy day out in the area our restaurant provides the perfect opportunity to recharge.

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