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Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta
Runnymede’s diverse natural landscapes provide a backdrop for its unique history. The ancient ‘meeting meadow’ witnessed King John’s sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. This charter has informed democratic constitutions around the world to this day.
This fine river landscape, together with the magnificent views from Cooper’s Hill and the various memorials at Runnymede, helps us consider important moments in our history and their meaning today. Our beautiful countryside provides the perfect setting in which to remember and reflect, or enjoy as the mood takes you.
Just across the river, you can escape from the traffic, noise and crowds at Ankerwycke - where you’ll find the ruins of the Benedictine priory and a 2.500-year-old Yew tree. It’s a bit off the beaten track and there’s no grand car park - but if you’re happy to forgo these amenities, you’ll discover a hidden gem.
Which adventures will you go on this winter in your quest to complete the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge? You could be just in time to run around in the rain, win a game of conkers or play in the snow. Our rangers can help you on your way. Just stop us for a chat or join us at our guided walks and events.
We have a big supply of adventure scrapbooks to hand out and we'll give you a sticker every time you complete a challenge.
Saturday 15 June 2013 marks the 798th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The event is recognised widely as being a foundation of the free world and individual freedom. The 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015 are likely to be international in scope, and a big focus will be on Runnymede. With two years to go, we're working with Surrey County Council, Runnymede Borough Council, Brunel University, Royal Holloway and the 800th Committee on exciting plans on how we'll celebrate the anniversary at Runnymede and enhance how you can experience this special place.