Arts & Culture

St. George’s Day & Shakespeare’s Birthday

“Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'” (William Shakespeare. Henry V Play. Act III)

Today is a very special day as not only is it St. George’s Day which is well known for Saint George slaying the dragon but it is also the Birthday of the world famous William Shakespeare. St. George’s Day is celebrated all over the world and is also known as the feast day of Saint George, it is also a National Day for England. Edward III put his Order of the Garter under the banner of St. George, the foremost order of knighthood in England and Edward IV and Henry VII built St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, to honour him. You can visit Windsor Castle on our great tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.

William Shakespeare best known for his plays Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet was born today in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon at his house which you can visit on our popular Warwick Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford & the Cotswolds tour. This is also where William Shakespeare died in 1616 after he returned to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Apart from his famous plays Shakespeare also created the Globe Theatre where his plays were performed and also his own language which appears in his plays, the most famous quote being `To Be Or Not To Be’. You can also visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and see one of his plays.

This historic day helps mark the start of summer in England and there is lots to see and do including seeing all that London has to offer from the iconic `Crown Jewels’ at The Tower of London to visiting Buckingham Palace the home of the Royal Family. There are also great day tours from London to see all that England the UK has to offer from the mysterious Stonehenge, to the beautiful Oxford, to Downton Abbey Village from the popular TV Show. There are also many glorious and historic English Castle’s to visit on our tours including Windsor Castle, Leeds Castle and Warwick Castle. If you are looking for something a bit different then you can visit Liverpool, the home of the world famous and loved band The Beatles or spend a day in the royal city of Edinburgh in Scotland.