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Egham - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 17:02 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 09 October 2013

Egham

Egham

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Egham is a launchpad to some of Surrey’s most spectacular attractions, including Virginia Water and Runnymede

In the frame

In the last years of his life, between 1881 and 1883, Thomas Holloway, a self-made multi-millionaire whose fortune had been made in patent medicines, paid well over £80,000 (equivalent to more than £6million in today’s terms) for the 77 paintings that make up the university’s Royal Holloway Collection. Occasional tours are run.

Royal landscape

The source of many of the stones that were used to create The Ruins at nearby Virginia Water was Leptis Magna, a Roman city on the shores of the Mediterranean near Tripoli, in present day Libya. Today, Virginia Water Lake is part of The Royal Landscape, a man-made landscape that’s been shaped and planted over the last 400 years.

Sealing history

Runnymede is the site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Today, a stroll will take you to the Magna Carta Memorial, as well as John F Kennedy Memorial and Air Forces Memorial. Sadly, plans to build an £8m visitor centre as a legacy of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta signing in 2015 have been dropped because of lack of funds.

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Visit...

Virginia Water Lake and its ruins. First dammed and flooded in 1753, it was the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles before the creation of the great reservoirs.

Eat at...

Great Fosters offers an inspired choice of dining in either The Estate Grill or The Tudor Room (01784 433822).

Drink at...

The Fox and Hounds at Englefield Green (01784 433098) is a favourite among horse riders.

Stay at...

The runnymede-on-thames hotel (01784 220960) offers luxury facilities on the banks of the Thames.

Getting there...

The M25 passes by the town and Egham station is right at the heart of things.

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