Things to do
The Magna Carta: one of the most important historical documents ever recorded. And it was here that in 1215 AD, King John of England signed the charter that would change English law forever. Visit the commemorative Magna Carta Monument in Runnymede, or find out more about the town’s history at Egham Museum, centrally situated in the Literary Institute.
As well as being ‘the birthplace of modern democracy’, Egham is also home to impressive architecture. Visit Royal Holloway and wander the grounds and gardens of this charismatic university. Art installations and seasonal events await at Runnymede, as well as the 2,500 year-old yew tree at Ankerwyke and the Air Forces Memorial in Englefield Green.
Virginia Water Lake, Savill Garden and nearby Windsor Great Park are all beauty spots that give weight to Surrey’s green reputation. And in Egham itself sits Truss’ Island – a small, islet of the Thames that’s uninhabited, save for the water birds. Good for practising the fine British arts of picnicking and feeding the ducks, it’s a good, quiet spot to watch the river flow by.