National Trust Runnymede


Over 800 years ago on the banks of the Thames at Runnymede, one of the most important documents in history was sealed, Magna Carta.


Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, Magna Carta are the rights agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. Originally drafted by Cardinal Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to make peace between the unpopular king and a group of rebel barons, it guaranteed the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.


Today, Runnymede is a popular destination with riverside walks and open meadows, art installations inspired by history and a series of memorials for visitors to enjoy. Home to rolling hills, open meadows and a variety of wildlife, you can enjoy a picnic, take in the views, ride your bike along the riverbank or bring your dog for a countryside walk.


 As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you’ll find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces, and a unique installation by artists Hew Locke and Mark Wallinger.


Located only two miles from Fairmont Windsor Park, Runnymede is the perfect place to explore during your stay. It is also the namesake of our fine dining restaurant, 1215.