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Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta

Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this picturesque open landscape beside the Thames was witness to King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago on 15 June 1215.

Today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. 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.

Within easy reach of the M25, this peaceful river scenery is home to rolling hills, open meadows and a variety of wildlife. Enjoy a picnic, take in the views, ride your bike along the riverbank or bring your dog on one of our waymarked countryside walks.

On the other side of the Thames you'll find Ankerwycke, a hidden gem with secrets to discover among the woods and fields. Look out for the ruins of a Benedictine priory and the National Trust's oldest tree, a 2,500-year-old Yew where Henry VIII was rumoured to have courted Anne Boleyn.

We're open all year round, so come and explore a beautiful and important slice of history.

800 years of freedom

Monday 15 June 2015 will mark 800 years since Runnymede witnessed the sealing of Magna Carta.

Together with partner organisations, the National Trust have put together a celebration to make the anniversary an event to remember.

Runnymede app

The great new Runnymede Magna Carta app was created by students from Royal Holloway, University of London and is now available to download for free.

Just visit the Android or Apple app store and search 'Runnymede Explored'.


Working in partnership with the Houses of Parliament, we're asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on their liberties.

You can get involved by hosting a LiberTeas event on Sunday 14 June at 3pm.

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You're welcome to bring your four legged friend to visit us at any time of year. We simply ask that you're considerate to other visitors and wildlife, and clear up after your dog.

Boat trips

Why not try seeing the sights from the river? French Brothers are running some great Magna Carta themed riverboat trips and cruises on the Thames at Runnymede this year.