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.

OutdoorsHistoric house

Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Free to all

Windsor Road, Near Old Windsor, Surrey, SL4 2JL

01784 432891


Opening times

October - November: 9am - 5pm

December 9am - 4pm

With a National Art Pass you get

20% off in café
Enjoy 20% off in the café with your National Art Pass until 31 December 2019.
Valid until December 2022

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