There are many excellent private and state schools nearby.
The River Thames is navigable in both directions and places such as Hampton Court, Windsor, Henley and London are accessible by river, along with numerous good restaurants and shops.
Magna Carta & Runnymede
The following information has been taken from the National Trust website – for further details please go to the Runnymede part of their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede/
What is Magna Carta?
Monday 15 June 2015 will mark 800 years since King John sealed Magna Carta at Runnymede. But what is this ‘Great Charter’?
In 1215 England was in political turmoil. King John had become vastly unpopular, thanks to bitter disagreements with the church and a series of high taxes to fund ongoing war with France. An alliance of disgruntled barons and important members of the clergy had been mounting pressure on the king for years. At the start of 1215 the barons seized control of London – giving him no choice but to negotiate. Events came to a head in June, when King John finally met with the barons to hear their demands. By 15 June he agreed to seal the proposed ‘Great Charter of Liberty’, enshrining their rights in law.
Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta
Today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you’ll find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces.