About the Borough

There is so much that makes our borough a unique place. We’re situated on the River Thames in Berkshire, approximately 30 miles from London at our closest point. We are home to Windsor Castle, where the Queen often spends her weekends. Eton College and Ascot Racecourse are also situated here.

Our borough is 79 square miles in size and we have around 148,000 residents. We are represented by two MPs: Theresa May (Maidenhead) and Adam Afriyie (Windsor). Every year, we attract more than 7 million visitors.

The local area

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is full of history, amazing countryside and great places to live. It is an ideal location for access to London but at the same time, the borough has its own distinctive personality.

In Windsor, we have 1,000 years of Royal history. We’re home to the oldest, inhabited castle in the world. Not far away is historic Runnymede, home of the Magna Carta.

Travel seven miles down the River Thames and you arrive at Maidenhead, a thriving market town with a population of more than 70,000 people. Maidenhead has a unique history of its own but has built its modern-day reputation on a centre for growing business with accessibility to London.

Education and Housing

The average house price in the borough is £485,000 and 83% of our space is greenbelt. In total, there are 66 schools in the borough, including 42 junior, primary and first schools and 14 secondaries. There is a range of private schools, including Eton College, which are high profile. Wider education provision is also very strong, with 91% of our schools being Good or Outstanding according to Ofsted.


Because our borough is located close to London, investment in transport is a vital way of stimulating and maintaining our local economy and communities. We are 15 minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead is a part of the Elizabeth Line Crossrail project which will see four direct trains into Central London every hour.

The borough has its own distinctive personality and has 1,000 years of Royal history.