Runnymede is known for it’s connections to the Magna Carta and is situated in Egham, Surrey on the outskirts of Windsor, Berkshire. There is lots to see and do whilst visiting Runnymede Pleasure Grounds. It’s a great place to visit with the family.
You can take a stroll alongside the River Thames with plenty of opportunity to watch the wildlife and boats. From the car park, if you walk with the play area on your right, head toward the river. Then turn right, walking past the boat club, you can then follow the tow path to Bell Weir Lock. The walk is flat and a chance to see the river, wildlife and boats.
The Runnymede Pleasure Ground has a paddling pool (open in the summer), go karts, bouncy castle (open in warmer months), play ground and a large open green space with views of the river – it’s great for picnics when it’s warm enough. You can also catch one of the French Brothers River Boats on the Thames from Runnymede. There is a statue of Queen Elizabeth II which was unveiled in 2015 as part of the Magna Carta 800th celebrations.
As alluded to earlier in this blog, Runnymede is an historic place. In 1215 King John sealed the Magna Carta (Latin for the Great Charter) in Runnymede. You can also visit the National Trust at Runnymede, which is down the road from the Runnymede Pleasure Ground, you may want to take the car to get there as it’s a good walk but if you are up for the walk it’s lovely along the river.
Artwork found on a building near Bell Weir Lock.
What facilities are there?
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat or an ice cream whilst you are at Runnymede there are several choices depending on what you are looking for, these include The Runnymede cafe and kiosk (Runnymede Pleasure Ground), The Runnymede Hotel, near the Bell Weir Lock, The National Trust Tearooms. Windsor Farm Shop and Cafe also isn’t too far from Runnymede via car. Please check with the venue for opening times, especially during Covid-19.
There are also toilets.
Where can I park?
There is a pay and display parking at the Runnymede Pleasure Ground. They offer hourly or all day car parking rates. £1.50 for an hour, £6 for a day (these were the fees as of 02.12.2020). Some of the parking is on hardstanding ground and more is available on a dedicated grassed areas. Click here for more details.
The address for the car park is Windsor Road, Egham, TW20 0AE.
We really enjoy visiting Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, whatever the time of year. We have made some wonderful memories here over the years.
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