A Great Little Museum
Maidenhead Heritage Centre, described by one visitor as “a little gem”, is just the place to explore this town’s history, which stretches from before the Romans to racing cars, aeroplanes, Hammer Horror films and scandals at Cliveden. The town grew up when the first bridge was built across the Thames in 1250 and became a Victorian boom town when the Great Western Railway opened.
Our permanent “Story of Maidenhead” exhibition is supplemented by this year’s colourful summer exhibition “Maidenhead’s Thames”, so there is plenty to see.
On the first floor of the museum is Grandma Flew Spitfires, our Exhibition and Archive dedicated to Air Transport Auxiliary, with its fabulous Spitfire simulator (admission charge applies). The simulator has just had a major upgrade and is now better than ever.
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Please note that the museum will be closed from 10am-1.30pm on Tuesday, 19 May for a school visit. We apologise for any inconvenience.
AN EVENING WITH THE WAR POETS – book now
Tickets are still available for our special event on Tuesday 26th May (8pm at Norden Farm), which will mark the exact centenary of the death of Maidenhead’s very own war poet, Julian Grenfell DSO, who lived at Taplow Court. His parents Lord and Lady Desborough were at his side when he died of wounds in a military hospital in France. We can promise that you will laugh and possibly cry during the evening – and you will also be invited to sing some World War I songs! Tickets from Norden Farm box office 01628 788997 or buy online.
SPITFIRE SIMULATOR FLIGHTS – book now
For just £5 per 15 minutes flying (including instruction) you can climb into our Spitfire simulator, take off from White Waltham, loop-the-loop over Windsor Castle and even land at Heathrow. Or fly around the Isle of Wight from Bournemouth airport. The Spitfire simulator is part of our Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition, where you can discover the forgotten story of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a civilian wartime air force whose headquarters was 2 miles away at White Waltham. With a state of the art Spitfire Simulator there is no better way to experience this unique story in our national history.
Flights include instruction and cost just £5 per 15 minutes, plus entry charge to the exhibition (£3.50 adults, £2 children aged 11-16, 10 and under Free – with GIFT AID tickets are valid for return visits within 12 months).
Booking is essential so phone us now on 01628 780555
are the most cost effective way to experience Grandma Flew Spitfires – for just £12 enjoy 30 minutes flying (including instruction) and entry to the exhibition for 2 people. Perfect gifts for birthdays and special occasions, our vouchers have no expiry allowing you to plan your trip at leisure.
Flights are available from 10.20am to 3.40pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
The simulator is recommended for ‘pilots’ aged 9 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 94! Younger pilots may like to fly with assistance from an adult.
If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable – 01628 780555