Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Staines-upon-Thames. Click one to find out more.
- Thames Path
Join the path at Thames Bridge (not forgetting to check out the lovely views) and stroll west towards Windsor for a chance to go back in time... The path will take you past Runnymede and near the Magna Carta Island. It was near here in 1215 that King John signed the Magna Carta, a document that limited the power of the monarch and gave legal rights to all. This document also forms the basis of the American Declaration of Independence, and so it's a site of particularly interest to Americans. Near here is is an acre of land American land here, on which stands the John F Kennedy memorial, which was given to the Americans in memory of the President's role in civil rights. If you carry on through the pretty villages of Wraysbury and Datchet you'll eventually reach Windsor and pass the Home Park, the playing fields of Eton College, which can be seen in the distance.
For more information visit: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path
- Sailing Clubs
If you look on a map of Staines-upon-Thames you'll quickly realise why there are so many watersport opportunities around. Not only does the River Thames run through the heart of the town and define it by it's name, but also the lakes surrounding the town and local area make it an ideal spot to mess around on the water!
We've picked 3 of the nearest sailing clubs but there are many more to choose from...
Staines Sailing Club - for more information: www.stainessc.org.uk
Silver Wings Sailing Club - ror more information: www.silverwingsailingclub.co.uk
Queen Mary Sailing Club - for more information: www.queenmary.org.uk
- Runnymede Meadow
Runnymede's diverse natural landscapes provide a backdrop for its unique history. The ancient ‘meeting meadow' witnessed King John's sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. This charter has informed democratic constitutions around the world to this day - including the US Declaration of Independance.
This fine river landscape, together with the magnificent views from Cooper's Hill and the various memorials at Runnymede, helps us consider important moments in our history and their meaning today. Our beautiful countryside provides the perfect setting in which to remember and reflect, or enjoy as the mood takes you.
Just across the river, you can escape from the traffic, noise and crowds at Ankerwycke - where you'll find the ruins of the Benedictine priory and a 2.500-year-old Yew tree. It's a bit off the beaten track and there's no grand car park - but if you're happy to forgo these amenities, you'll discover a hidden gem.
For more information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede
- Thorpe Park
Advertised as the UK nations THRILL capital Thorpe Park is well worth a visit. The theme park is located on an 'island' in Chertsey, near Staines, and offers a great day out no matter what the British weather throws at you.
It's well laid out and has rides for all the family from the mild mannered Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride through to the adrenalin junkies favourites - Colossus, Nemesis Inferno and SAW - The Ride. There's also a water park and rides which are very popular on the odd sunny day in the UK!
The Route 950 provides a frequent, fast shuttle between Staines town centre and Thorpe Park if you're using public transport.
For more information: www.thorpepark.com
- Denbies Wine Estate
A little further afield (approx 15 miles from Staines), but well worth the effort, is the Denbies Wine Estate. The estate's vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then they have become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. Located in the beautiful Surrey Hills it's well worth a visit and do take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard.
For more information visit: www.denbies.co.uk