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Changing of the guard - Windsor Castle
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Maidenhead Railway Bridge

Windsor & Maidenhead

Also Includes

Cookham, Eton, Bray, Holyport, Burnham and Slough

Postcode Areas Covered

SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6

Our Summary

Our rating of Windsor & Maidenhead

Well regarded communities that have good reputations. They attract a wide range of people and have plenty to offer all ages.

General Description

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is one of only four Royal Boroughs in the country. Situated 12 miles to the west of London, Windsor and Maidenhead are 6 miles apart with the pretty villages of Bray and Holyport in between. Both towns are situated on the River Thames, have easy access to the M4, and good rail links. Two of the country's top 20 tourist attractions are in Windsor - Windsor Castle and Legoland. This makes it a popular place with visitors so is something to bear in mind when trying to shop in the town centre.

Windsor tends to attract high earners and people with a high level of disposable income. The town suffers from aircraft noise when aircraft going into Heathrow land in an easterly direction, which happens on average some five to eight days per month, and you'll see aircraft on approach passing directly above Windsor Castle. The most expensive district of Windsor is the St Leonards Hill private estate and surrounding developments.

Maidenhead is a modern Thames Valley commuter town, with several large tracts of middle-income estate housing, and good schooling choices. Maidenhead has its high value parts, the favourites being the Ray Mead district close to the Thames, and some private estates on the western edge of town.

Bray is a village laying to the south east of Maidenhead. It is situated along the river and is home to a very popular (and expensive) restaurant called The Waterside Inn. Some parts of the village suffer from noise from the M4 motorway.

Holyport is also south east of Maidenhead and centres on a village green. It has a choice of both older housing in the village centre, and more modern housing on the outskirts. The Belgian Arms is a well-known pub in the village centre.

Cookham is a prosperous village on the Thames in Berkshire, between Maidenhead and Marlow. The present village probably grew around the local 8th century monastery. The Saxon kings had a palace here where the Saxon Parliament, the Witan, met. The well-known English painter, Stanley Spencer, was born and spent most of his working life in Cookham. The Stanley Spencer Gallery was opened in 1962 in the former Methodist chapel where he worshipped as a boy. It is devoted exclusively to the work of the artist, much of which depicts village people. The author Kenneth Grahame was born in Cookham and wrote The Wind in the Willows here. The village has many properties that date from the 16th and 17th centuries, and is a desirable but expensive area to live in.

Eton lies just across the river from Windsor to the north and is most famous for the private school of the same name. There is a pedestrian bridge that connects Windsor to Eton, but a car journey between the two will prove slightly more arduous. Eton has a pretty, quaint High Street which has antique shops, pubs and some school shops for the local school.

Burnham is a village between Slough and Beaconsfield and is famous for its forest of beech trees. The trees were used in the furniture-making industry of nearby High Wycombe. There are some very nice large houses here.

Slough has a good shopping centre and high street and offers a good rail service to Central London, however being very industrial and with a distinct lack of quality housing you would probably prefer to live in one of the surrounding villages.

Travel Times

Both areas are conveniently situated with easy access to the M4. Maidenhead is also one of the stops on the new Crossrail route through London.

From Windsor to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 25 miles, 45 mins 30 mins (1 change)
Heathrow Airport 10 miles, 15 mins 50 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 40 miles, 45 mins 85 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in Windsor varies greatly from brand new apartments through to large period properties. The more popular type of property to be found in the town centre are the 2 or 3 bedroom Victorian terraces. Once you move slightly out of the centre of town, the housing estates of Clewer and Dedworth can be found. The housing here tends to be a mix of 1930's style and 1970's houses.

Moving out of Windsor to the village of Old Windsor, between Windsor and Egham, gives you access to a range of properties of all sizes, ages and prices.

The housing in Eton is established and of older style, although there has been recent development of apartment blocks along the river front which achieve top prices.

Maidenhead has a very mixed stock of housing. It ranges from apartment blocks in the town centre through to mansion houses in Bray. House prices tend to be slightly lower than those in Windsor, although any riverside property will attract a high premium. On of the better regarded areas within the town is the Ray Mead estate and other popular housing estates are Furze Platt and Boyn Hill.

Housing in Bray varies from apartments and private houses along the river to established homes in the village itself. Holyport has some fine examples of 18th century houses as well as starter homes and everything in between.

Windsor & Maidenhead
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £220,000 - £400,000 £850 - £1700 per month
2 bed £270,000 - £700,000 £1000 - £2500 per month
3-4 bed £340,000 - £1,500,000 £1350 - £3500 per month
5+ bed £600,000 - £2,500,000+ £2500 - £5000+ per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200115/education_and_learning

Windsor has various independent schools to choose from and two highly regarded state senior schools. Nearby Eton is home to the famous Eton College, that both Prince William and Harry attended.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk
www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200124/council_tax

The police authority for the area is Thames Valley. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
www.police.uk/thames-valley

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Windsor shopping facilities are based around Peascod Street which is pedestrianised. There is not a large under cover shopping mall here, but the town centre caters for every day needs. The area around the Windsor Central train station (shuttle service to Slough) has was redeveloped and now offers boutique style shops as well as bars and restaurants. Due to the high level of tourists that visit the town, there are a number of gift shops present. Be aware that parking in the town is expensive. Cheaper all-day parking is available at the back of the Windsor Riverside train station (service to London Waterloo).

Maidenhead town centre is spread out and mostly pedestrianised. There is a small shopping mall, known as the Nicholson Centre which is home to high street brand names.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Magnet Leisure Centre offers swimming pools, gymnasium, aerobics classes and also has a creche.
www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre

Windsor Leisure Centre is situated next to the river and has an adventure swimming pool with slides and wave machines. It also offers gymnasium, cafe, classes and a creche.
www.leisurecentre.com/windsor-leisure-centre

The Windsor Lawn Tennis Club has indoor and outdoor courts and you may book a court here as a non-member.
www.wltc.co.uk

The Maidenhead Golf Club is on Shoppenhangers Lane and is a flat parkland course.
www.maidenheadgolf.co.uk

Visit the Ice Arena which offers disco skating, family skating sessions and is home to the Slough Jets Ice Hockey team.
www.absolutely-ice.co.uk

There is an Odeon eight screen cinema in Maidenhead showing all the latest releases.
www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/maidenhead/10

Local Attractions

Legoland Windsor Resort - rides and shows for children of all ages.
www.legoland.co.uk

Windsor Castle - the largest occupied castle in the world and an official residence of the Queen.
www.royal.uk

Changing of the Guards - takes place along Windsor High Street and then into the castle on alternate days.
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Cliveden - a National Trust house with beautiful gardens, made famous by Churchill and Lady Astor. The house is now an extremely upmarket hotel.
www.clivedenhouse.co.uk

Runnymede - site of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Peaceful riverside walks join with history.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede

Theatre Royal – offers productions of plays, musicals and the Christmas pantomime.
www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

Savill Garden – beautiful landscaped gardens set within the Windsor Great Park.
www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/experiences/the-savill-garden

Windsor Racecourse - hosts flat and hurdle horse races.
www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk

River Thames Cruises - spend the day on a boat cruising the river.
www.frenchbrothers.co.uk

Windsor Great Park - covers 4,800 acres and is ideal for picnics and strolling around.
www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en

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