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Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Windsor and Maidenhead

Type:Natural Feature

Windsor Road, Old Windsor, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JL

Tel: +44 01784 432891

Runnymede and Ankerwycke


Runnymede is a pleasant patchwork of history and habitats; an area of water meadows, ponds, grassland and broadleaved woodland rich in flora and fauna. It was on this site in 1215 that King John sealed the Magna Carta, an event commemorated by the American Bar Association Memorial. Also at Runnymede are the John F. Kennedy Memorial, standing on an acre of land gifted to the USA, and the Fairhaven Lodges and Kiosks, designed by Edwin Lutyens. It’s in one of these lodges that you will find the Magna Carta tea-room, open year-round for light lunches, cream teas and seasonal treats.

A network of footpaths links the Magna Carta memorial with two others: one to the late American President, John F. Kennedy, and one to the 20,000 Royal Air Force airmen killed in the Second World War, who have no known grave. Other trails of varying difficulty take you past all of Runnymede’s key features, including Hew Locke’s installation The Jurors, an homage to the global history of justice.

Across the river, little-known Ankerwycke hides treasures such as the ruins of a Benedictine priory, the National Trust’s oldest tree and a secret snowdrop wood.

Come for a riverside picnic, to learn something new about history or wildlife, to embark on an adventure trail with the family, or simply to enjoy the outdoors. There’s nowhere in the world quite like Runnymede.

For more information, please visit the National Trust website.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Car parking (hourly), maximum £7.Free

Parking (free for National Trust members)



  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue - Events for adults and families
  • Toilets - Toilets for disabled visitors

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided tours available for groups by arrangement, Walks and talks regularly scheduled (see website for details)


Map & Directions


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Open Christmas
2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Closed on 24 & 25 Dec

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