Runnymede

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Runnymede: Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta. Magna Carta Memorial erected by American Bar Association. Tranquil memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Force. Attractive area of riverside meadows, grassland and broadleaved woodland, rich in flora and fauna, and with a network of pleasant footpaths.

TypeOverall vote
Monument:8.1/10
Walk:9.9/10
Popularity rank: #298
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Surrey, Home Counties, South East England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Variants:
Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Runnymede Park, Ankerwycke, John F Kennedy Memorial, Air Forces Memorial, Coopers Hill Woods, Coppers Hill, Langham Pond, Magna Carta Memorial, Coopers Hill Woods Runnymead, Ankerwycke Yew, Urban Hanlon Broughton Memorials

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Magna Carta Memorial

Magna Carta (Latin for 'great charter') Situated on the lower slopes of Cooper's Hill surrounded by grass which is a domed style, containing a pillar of English granite on which is inscribed "To commemorate Magna Carta", was sealed by King John at Runnymede in June 1215. Known as the Great Charter of English Liberties, it formed a peace treaty with barons who were in revolt against the King due to his disastrous foreign policy and arbitrary government.

John F Kennedy Memorial

This memorial stands halfway up the Cooper's Hill Slopes and overlooks Runnymede, on ground previously belonging to the Crown and now the property of the United States of America. It is made of Portland stone to the design of G.A. Jellicoe and was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 14 May 1965 in the presence of President Kennedy's widow and children. Visitors reach the memorial by treading a steep path of irregular granite steps, one for each year of Kennedy's life.

Air Forces Memorial

The Air Forces Memorial commemorates the men and women of the Allied Air Forces who died during the Second World War and records the names of the 20,456 airmen who have no known grave.

Runnymede Park

Modern play equipment, a paddling pool, café and children's amusements, with excellent frontage to the River Thames make this a very popular venue. A good starting point for walks along the river and excellent for picnics.

Langham Pond

Langham Pond, an area of contrasting marsh and open water, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The pond is the remnant of an old ox-bow lake, formed when a meander of the River Thames was cut off and subsequently by-passed by the river. A fine example of a lowland wetland habitat, it is a feeding ground for herons and kingfishers, as well as supporting over 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Magna Carta Island

is an island in the River Thames in England, on the reach above Bell Weir Lock. It is in Berkshire (formerly Buckinghamshire) across the river from the water-meadows at Runnymede. Suggested to be the island where Magna Carta was signed.

Ankerwycke

Cross at the Bell Weir Lock.
On the opposite bank of the Thames from Runnymede lies the important archaeological site of Ankerwycke, an area of parkland acquired by the National Trust in 1998 and containing the remains of the 12th-century St Mary's Priory and the Ankerwycke Yew - a magnificent tree believed to be over 2000 years old.

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Car

Runnymede: on the Thames, 2ml West of Runnymede Bridge, on South side of A308 (M25, exit 13), 6ml East of Windsor. Ankerwycke: 3ml East of Windsor, 2ml West of Staines off B376 Staines to Wraysbury road, 1½ml from M25 (exit 13)

Train

Egham ½ml from Runnymede, 1½ml from Memorials; Wraysbury 1ml from Ankerwycke

Foot

1¼ml of Thames Path on property

Admission

Opening times:

Never closes

Prices:

Free

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Contact

Address: Runnymede, Runnymede Estate Office, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2JL, UK
Phone: +44 1784 432891
Email: runnymede@nationaltrust.org.uk
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