Type: Towns & Villages
Runnymede is famous for its monuments, the most famous being the one to commemorate the Magna Carta. The area is a riverside setting of meadows, grassland and woodland with a network of pleasant paths and pleasure gardens.
There is free access to Runnymede with the only charge being the car parks. There is a noticeboard in the car park with a map and signs to the memorials.
There are three memorials:
- The Magna Carta - it was on this site in 1215 that King John signed the Magna Carta
- JFK Memorial - memorial to the celebrated president by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe owned by the Kennedy Trust but maintained by the National Trust.
- Air Forces Memorial - commemorates the 20,000 Royal Air Force airmen killed in the Second World War, who have no known grave.
June 2015 marked 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta and there is much to see and do regarding this important moment in history.
Runnymede Pleasure Gardens
There is a play area with play equipment, a paddling pool, cafe and children’s amusements alongside the River Thames. Excellent base for walks along the river, picnics and boat trips. Nearby is the Bells of Ouzeley, which is featured in Jerome K. Jerome’s ‘Three Men and a Boat’
Take a cruise on the river with French Brothers
You can embark on disembark from Runnymede Boathouse or Runnymede Pleasure grounds on a French Brothers public cruise on the Lucy Fisher, a replica of a Victorian paddle steamer. Operates April to 5 October but check days and times as not always daily.
Enjoy a walk along the Thames Path from the Runnymede Hotel at Bell Weir Lock, past the Runnymede Pleasure Ground, and as you approach Magna Carta Island you can see Copper's Hill, which has the Air Forces War Memorial on top. It was near here in 1215 that King John signed the Magna Carta, this document also forms the basis of the American Declaration of Independence. There is an acre of land American land here, on which stands the John F Kennedy memorial, which was given to the Americans in memory of the President's role in civil rights.
South Side Tea Room Pay and Display Car Park, March to September, 08.30 to 19.00 hrs, October to February 08.30 hrs to dusk
Riverside Car Park, March to September only, 10.00 to 19.00 hrs, when conditions allow. Closed 24 December and may be closed 25 & 26 December and 1 January.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Try the runnymede-on-thames hotel.
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