Book yourself a great base via Culture Trip – and explore the beauty of this historic, photogenic corner of Surrey in England.
The peaceful riverside setting is what makes Runnymede on Thames, in Surrey, such a treat for weekenders. You can picnic, cycle and walk your pooch in its green expanses. The countryside all around is a blend of fields and rolling hills, and of course Runnymede itself is steeped in history – Magna Carta was signed here by King John in 1215, enshrining human rights in law and ushering in the democracy we enjoy today. Reflect on it all at one of the best hotels in the area.
This glass-fronted modernist hotel has many charms – not least its setting, overlooking the racetrack at Mercedes-Benz World, a 15-minute walk from the aircraft and motorsports exhibits at Brooklands Museum. Rooms are chic, with floor-to-ceiling windows and posh bathrooms with monsoon showers. Some have balconies with views of the racetrack. Decor nods to the sport, too, with car-headlight lamps and leather bed heads in art deco style. Eat your chocolate croissants in the 1907 restaurant, named after the year Brooklands racetrack opened, then hit the high-tech spa to soak up the rays in the sunlight therapy room. Still need a boost? There’s a hydrotherapy hot tub with deep-tissue-massage jets.
Thorpe Park is close by to Runnymede – why not opt for one of the best hotels near the thrilling theme park. For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels near Ascot Racecourse and book now on Culture Trip.