Memorials

Moments in time

The rolling hills and graceful meadows of Runnymede are steeped in history. Once witness to the sealing of Magna Carta 1215, this special place now bears several memorials to the struggle for freedom.

  • Pause at this peaceful memorial to reflect upon times gone by © Paul Watson

    The Magna Carta Memorial

    Stroll across the meadows to this tranquil memorial to Magna Carta. Sat on a gentle slope looking out towards the Thames and flanked by venerable oak trees, the memorial is the perfect place to pause and reflect.

  • The Portland stone centrepiece of the Kennedy memorial weighs seven tonnes © Paul Watson

    The Kennedy Memorial

    Take the sweeping path up the to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Stone; a seven-tonne block of Portland stone set in a symbolic acre of American soil. Pause on the Seats of Contemplation for stunning views across Runnymede to the River Thames.

  • The Portland stone centrepiece of the Kennedy memorial weighs seven tonnes © Paul Watson

    The Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial

    A longer walk, up through the woods on Coopers Hill, will take you to this moving memorial. Inscribed in the cloisters are the names of 20,456 men and women of the Allied Air Forces who lost their lives during the Second World War and have no known grave.

  • The steep roofs and oriental gables are typical of Lutyens  © Paul Watson

    Fairhaven Memorial Lodges

    Stop for a cup of tea and browse contemporary art in these historic buildings. Commissioned by Lady Fairhaven when she gave Runnymede to us, they are now home to a tea-room and art gallery.

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