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The Sounding Arch

Archways River Road, Maidenhead, England
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Fantastic Peace of Architecture!!!

Simply taking a walk along the river and admiring the local nature is exciting enough!!! However... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
Robert S
Burnham, United Kingdom
via mobile
For those in thrall of Isombard Kingdom Brunnel his "Sounding Arch" bridge is a delight to behold

Built to take the great Western Railway across the River Thames it's the longest brick built arch... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
Mike T
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Archways River Road, Maidenhead, England
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Simply taking a walk along the river and admiring the local nature is exciting enough!!! However, standing under the brick arches and waiting for the next train to pass is utterly priceless!!! Not to be missed if around Maidenhead!!!

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Built to take the great Western Railway across the River Thames it's the longest brick built arch in Europe at 109 feet(I think) when it was built the opinion of the day was that it would not hold the weight of a train, so Brunnel...More

1  Thank Mike T
Reviewed 17 April 2017

From the Thames Riviera Hotel walk across Maidenhead bridge and then right walk along past the rowing club and you come to the sounding tunnel the railway bridge is an amazing structure.

Thank caroline H
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely to walk by the river. Good spot to view lovely houses and boats drifting by in summer. Very nice.

Thank Leigh Ann N
Reviewed 1 April 2017

I used to love to walk under this impressive bridge, as a child, whooping and whistling in order to hear the many echoes that followed. A Sunday walk alongside the river was a real treat. Nothing has changed 65 years later, so re-assuring. No parking,...More

Thank venetianintown
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The story behind the arch is pretty amazing and a real piece of railway history. Designed by Izumbard Kingdom Brunel it is the longest span of brick-built bridge in the world.

Thank Cairokid
Reviewed 29 December 2016

A bridge not to be missed. When built everyone said it would fall down as it's such a shallow arch. But Brunel knew different :-)

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great history....and interesting...nice place to walk along the river at Maidenhead. Always fun with the kids to make lots of noise under the Sounding Arch.

Thank Maisy65
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I'm grateful to TripAdvisor because I would never have known to come to this spot on our visit to Maidenhead otherwise. We parked for free along the road close to the Sounding Arch, which was very interesting to see and fun to hear the echos....More

Thank londonmjc
Reviewed 29 October 2016

A fine bridge, built by a genius, over England's greatest river. The echo is just a bonus. You can sit on the downstream grassy banks of the Thames and enjoy a picnic while admiring this monument to railway engineering.

Thank James O
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Can you walk from here to butlers lock ?
25 June 2017|
Response from venetianintown | Reviewed this property |
Yes, easily. Walk over bridge towards town centre. Turn right immediately after crossing bridge. Continue along this road for about 10 minutes. Boulters lock will be ahead of you on right. You can cross river here and go... More
How far to cookham
29 August 2016|
Response from pjmeade | Reviewed this property |
It's about 2.5 miles. If you walk from the bridge to Cookham and that's a really great walk, then perhaps 3 miles