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To most people 'Runnymede' means ‘Magna Carta’ and ‘bad King John’. Runnymede Meadows historical site, where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215, is also the site of several memorials celebrating the freedoms guaranteed by the Magna Carta.
Magna Carta 800th Anniversary
2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Due to its central place in English history and its impact across the world, a wide range of events and activities are planned.
For details of all the events, displays and functions relating to this important anniversary go to Web: Events/ Magna Carta Trust
The meadows are situated about 5 miles (8 kms) to the south of Royal Windsor Town Centre and can be easily reached by bus and car. These meadows front the River Thames and are bisected by the very busy A308 by-pass road to Staines.
The site is looked after by the National Trust (NT).
Across the A308 Windsor Road is the Boat House, an exact copy of the Tea House – the history of both is detailed on the National Trust Information board in the Tea House car park.
Walk across the Meadows to the two memorials
It is a very pleasant walk across the water meadow.
There are no formal footpaths but countless thousands of feet have worn a path to the memorials. The first monument reached is the John F Kennedy Memorial then the American Bar Association's Magna Carta Memorial.
If feeling energetic, a walk up Coopers Hill through the wood brings the visitor to the Air Forces Memorial Runnymede. This tranquil and moving memorial commemorates the many thousands of Commonwealth airmen who went missing during the Second World War and who have no known grave.
Runnymede Meadows is a National Trust (NT) site and is open all year. It should be remembered that these are river meadows and may be soggy underfoot after rain. As noted above, there are no formal paths.
The Tea Room with toilets (NOT National Trust) is in the Sir Edwin Lutyens designed Fairhaven Lodge beside the car park.
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The Meadows and Grounds are partly accessible with slopes, grass paths and some steps. Care required.
Grass riverside car park: when ground conditions allow .
Tea-room car park (hard-standing) closes at dusk.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1784 432 891
Visiting Runnymede Meadows and the Magna Carta Memorials (i.e. the American Bar Association Magna Carta Memorial and the John F Kennedy Memorial).
- By Local Bus from Windsor High Street
Catch No. 71 First Bus Berkshire bus from the bus-stop outside The Guildhall in Windsor High Street. On boarding the bus ask the driver to let you off at Runnymede Meadows entrance. Walk through the car park behind the Tea House into the meadows.
The site is looked after by the National Trust (NT). Across the A308 Windsor Road is the Boat House, an exact copy of the Tea House – the history of both is detailed on the NT Information board in the Tea House car park.
There are no formal footpaths across the famous water meadow but countless thousands of feet have worn a path to the memorials. The first monument reached is the John F Kennedy Memorial then the American Bar Association Magna Carta Memorial.
- To catch your bus back to Windsor
The Lodge Teahouse is beside the busy A308 road. Face the road and turn left towards Windsor, (not right to Staines) and follow the footpath to the popular ‘Bells of Ouzeley’ pub. Take care at the, again busy, Priests Hill roundabout. Try the pub meals or a drink in their beer garden with its river views.
Outside ‘Bells of Ouzeley’ pub is the bus stop for Route 71 back to Windsor.
It is strongly recommended that you visit the First Bus Berkshire Website for up to date times when planning your visit to Runnymeade. If you miss the last bus a taxi can be called from the pub.
Walking along the Thames Path towards Windsor
The Thames River runs parallel with the A308 road and it is a pleasant walk back to the ‘Bells of Ouzeley’ pub along the path with excellent views of some of the luxury houses fronting the Thames here.
From the ‘Bells of Ouzeley’ pub, active visitors can continue along the Thames Path towards Windsor however it is a long walk! The path crosses the Thames on the B3021 just outside the village of Datchet. At Datchet the visitor can catch the Windsor to London Waterloo train service. Go to the National Rail website for timetable, seat availability and ticketing Web: National Rail Enquiries
The river winds around Great Windsor Park and the Thames Path continues from Datchet to Windsor Riverside near Windsor Castle. We suggest that this walk should be left for a full day when you have plenty of time. A map would be a worthwhile purchase.
River Boat Trips
Commencing from opposite the Tea Room at Runnymede, the visitor comes upon French Brothers Tour Boat base. French Brothers run some tours from this base giving a pleasant view of the Memorials and Runnymede Meadow from the river. For details of their trips, go to Web: French Brothers weblink
By Car from London
Take the M25 and exit at junction 13 on to the A308 towards Windsor. Runnymede Meadows is on your left. Continue along the A308 to the Windsor end of the Meadows – on reaching The Lodge Teahouse, turn into the Car Park. The monuments are signposted from this Car Park.
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