On June 15, 1215, King John sealed (not signed) the Magna Carta in the meadow of Runnymede beside the Thames between Windsor and Staines. The hotel barge Magna Carta will cruise right past the site of the signing at Runnymede and there will also be an excursion to Salisbury Cathedral to see the world’s best-preserved original copy of the famous charter.
Current availability for the 800th Anniversary cruise (as of February 8, 2015):
- 7 June 2015: 1 cabin open, 3 cabins booked
- 14 June 2015: 3 cabins open, 1 booked
- 21 June 2015: 4 cabins open, 0 cabins booked.
Note that the week of 21st June is open either for private charter or by the cabin.
Magna Carta, meaning "The Great Charter", is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution.
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The Royal River Thames cruise route of the luxury, 8-passenger, all-inclusive, crewed English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA brings you in touch with the very soul of England. The Magna Carta cruises from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns and villages. It is the perfect way to admire olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
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The all-inclusive, crewed, luxury, English Hotel Barge Magna Carta accommodates up to 8 guests. She is approximately 120 feet in length and has two decks.
The lower deck boasts four full-width luxurious staterooms each averaging 200 square feet with private ensuite bathrooms. The staterooms may be configured as Kings or Twins according to your preference. Magna Carta has the most sophisticated modern amenities, including air conditioning, WI-FI internet access and underfloor heating in each of the four full width suites. Each suite has exceptionally spacious contemporary en-suite facilities and colour TVs and DVD players.
The upper deck comprises the main salon and dining areas with large picture windows and stylish furnishings. Outside you have the sundeck with comfortable seating and the spa pool/jacuzzi. There are eight bikes on board to take at your pleasure for rides along the tow paths.
The Magna Carta offers 6-night, all-inclusive private charters, as well as cabin cruises. Theme cruises such as golf, tennis, guided walking, family, flower shows, Henley regatta, antiques, etc, are available for private charters.
Check out our Regional Guide to learn more about the area where Magna Carta cruises.
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