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 in 1215.
Runnymede and Ankerwycke offer the ideal space to enjoy ancient woodlands, countryside walks and picnics by the river, all within easy reach of the M25. Along with Lutyens’ impressive Fairhaven Lodges, the peaceful landscape is also home to memorials for the Magna Carta, John F. Kennedy and Commonwealth Air Forces, making it the perfect place to remember and reflect upon important moments in world history.
From 16 June 2018, Writ in Water, a major architectural work by Mark Wallinger commissioned with Art Fund support, reflects upon the founding principles of democracy. Through a meeting of water, sky and light, visitors are provided with a space for reflection and contemplation.