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The Sounding Arch

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Address: 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, standing under the brick arches and waiting for the next train to pass is utterly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert S
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Burnham, United Kingdom
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Burnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 left the scaffolding up and after a period of time with train passing over it... More 

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Thank Mike T
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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.

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Thank caroline H
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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.

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Thank Leigh Ann N
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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, so you need to walk from the other side of thr river but well worth... More 

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Thank venetianintown
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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419 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Cairokid
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 :-)

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Thank Tony H
Windsor, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Maisy65
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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. From there, we continued walking down the Thames where you could see the large and... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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.

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