Magna Carta – American roots in England go as far back as 15th June, 1215, and the signing and sealing of the Magna Carta under oath by King John on the banks of the river Thames at Runnymede, near Windsor in Berkshire. Find out how did a set of radical new laws designed to curb the king’s powers have such major repercussions for America?
Just outside London, Runnymede offers a range of walks through its historical meadows and woodland. Discover why an acre of its land is owned by America and how US citizens have used that land since. Next year – 2015 – marks the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary (check our website for future updates on special events planned).
Extend your trip? Take in the historic town of Windsor and the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle, said to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and including the highly rated St George’s Chapel and the tomb of King Henry VIII; Windsor Great Park with its herds of deer; and Savill Garden, perhaps the finest ornamental garden in England. Just nearby, Virginia Water, a well-known beauty spot was the site of the famous scene in the Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, where Harry travels through time to rescue his other self from the clutches of the dementors. And if you want to see the ‘real’ thing, why not let us drive you to the Harry Potter Experience. It takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through many of the actual sets used in the films where they were made at Leavesden Film Studios, just 20 miles from central London, near Watford, Hertfordshire (some of the actors used our services when working on the films).
Moving on from fiction to real-life drama, we can take you to see the splendours of King Henry VIII’s main residence, Hampton Court Palace, on the Thames at Richmond; the famous race course, Ascot, which hosts Royal Ascot in mid-June each year; and for families – and maybe another day trip – the theme park Legoland with its incredible sculptures of well-known landmarks made out of tiny toy bricks.