Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Important notice -

Our Memorial Car park closes 5pm, last entry 4pm.

Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta

Runnymede and Ankerwycke

What's on 

Upcoming events

Willow Twisters

Sun 31 Oct 2021
09:00-12:30
Join our resident artists, Willow Twisters, to create willow sculptures that will form part of an installation at Runnymede.

Landscape and Remembering - Landscape and sacred memory

Thu 04 Nov 2021
18:30-21:00
From making offerings to the landscape to pilgrimage, how the spirit of place makes commemorating a sacred act.

Landscape and Remembering - Landscape and conflict

Thu 11 Nov 2021
18:30-21:00
A webinar looking at how conflicts affect how the landscape is seen, and different reactions to this.

Landscape and Remembering - Landscape as a living memorial

Thu 18 Nov 2021
18:30-21:00
This webinar looks at different ways that have been used to fix memory into the landscape

Landscape and Remembering - Landscape and freedom

Thu 25 Nov 2021
18:30-21:00
Landscape is a space in which you can make memories and contemplate the past, these talks look at how important giving equal access to this is.
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Things to see and do 

Listening to Runnymede's audio tour

Runnymede in Sound audio tour 

Welcome to Runnymede in Sound – an audio tour with a difference that tells the story of this extraordinary site.

Spindle in fruit at autumn

Autumn walks at Runnymede and Ankerwycke 

Wrap up warm and step outside for an autumnal adventure at Runnymede. Follow our walking trails, or find your own route through the meadows and woodland. No booking needed.

Life-sized Willow Horse

Willow Twisters installation 2021 

During October half term, Willow Twisters will be inviting community groups to help them build willow sculptures telling Runnymede's history of hay making.

Detail of the inscription on Writ in Water, a major architectural artwork by Mark Wallinger, at Runnymede, Surrey

Writ in Water maintenance works 

There's currently no water in Writ in Water due to an electrics issue- we're working to get it fixed. You can enjoy the full Writ in Water experience in the meantime via a virtual tour filmed by CultureStreet.

Blue tit on a hazel tree

freeSong by Mike Roberts 

Composer, musician and sound artist Mike Roberts is currently the artist in residence for the Runnymede Explored project. The enforced pause during lockdown provided an opportunity for him to record uninterrupted birdsong on site at Runnymede. Explore the installation virtually here.

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Eating and shopping

Two takeaway cups of drink on the tea-room counter at East Riddlesden Hall

Magna Carta tea room

Stop by for hot and cold drinks, treats and snacks. We're open every day 10am - 4.30pm.

Two mirrors against a brick wall with some plants next to them

Treat yourself 

Looking for the perfect gift or perhaps you're in need of some retail therapy? You can browse our full range via our online shop. Your purchases and support enable us to continue to care for the nature, beauty and history we all miss.

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Our work

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History

Runnymede, Surrey

Why was Magna Carta sealed at Runnymede? 

Runnymede – from Old English runieg (council island) and mede (meadow) – was the location for the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John on the fifteenth of June 1215, with the 1225 version becoming the definitive version.