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Bray

Windsor and Maidenhead

Type:Towns & Villages

Bray

About

A pretty riverside parish with a three-mile frontage on the Thames between Maidenhead and Windsor, Bray has become a very popular stopping place for visitors to the Royal Borough as it features a wealth of cottages and houses, fine dining and attractive riverbank properties. 

"And this is law I will maintain
Until my dying day, sir,
That whatsoever King shall reign,
I'll be Vicar of Bray, sir."

The name of Bray is irretrievably linked with that of Simon Aleyn, its turncoat vicar during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I. The famous song based on the Vicar of Bray satirises his position and his determination to maintain his office. The parish church of St. Michael has changed considerably since Aleyn’s day but still retains interesting internal features, including the rich canopied tomb of William Goddard who, in 1627, founded the group of mellow brick almshouses known as Jesus Hospital.

Bray is a must-visit village for those after culinary excellence with two of the villages restaurants appearing in the top five of Trip Advisor's Travellers' Choice awards for fine dining. These are the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck.

The parish of Bray incorporates a collection of beautiful villages and hamlets including Fifield, Holyport, Oakley Green, Stud Green, Braywick, Touchen End, Braywood and Moneyrow Green.

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What's Nearby

  1. Bray Marina Ltd

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    0.54 miles away
  2. Bray Lake Watersports

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    0.58 miles away
  3. Maidenhead Golf Club

    Established in 1896 Maidenhead Golf Club is a mature course set in lovely rolling...

    1.35 miles away
  1. Maidenhead Heritage Centre

    Fly a Spitfire simulator at this local museum which covers local history from the Romans...

    1.42 miles away
  2. Dorney Court

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  3. Dorney Lake

    Dorney Lake is a 2,200 metre flat water rowing lake owned by Eton College. Used for...

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  4. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

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  5. Private Boat Hire Ltd

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  6. Motion Simulation Room

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  7. Racecourse Marina Windsor

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  8. Royal Windsor Racecourse

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  9. Maidenhead Commons and Cock Marsh


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    For many years the commons have been at...

    3.1 miles away
  10. The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

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  11. Windsor Leisure Centre

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  12. Cliveden


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    Set high above the Thames with...

    3.66 miles away
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