Celebrating English heritage on St. George’s Day
Rather than celebrating St. George’s Day at home, try organising to get together with friends and family to visit some iconic English sites, monuments or museums. St. George, who was a Christian martyr, represents traditional English chivalry and bravery and in 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England until the 1707 when celebrations declined after England united with Scotland.
Here are a list of ideas from MOLLY MAID, the domestic cleaning experts, to help you celebrate English heritage on St. George’s Day.
- Visit the World Heritage site, Hadrian’s Wall and take a walk along, or part of the 73 mile wall with the family.
- Re-live the many sieges and witness where a valuable royal prisoner once held at Carlisle Castle in Cumbria. It has withstood many sieges, and been home to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.
- Step into Stokesay Castle (in Shropshire), the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.
- Cross Old Sarum’s wooden bridge and step into the heart of a once bustling medieval castle in Salisbury – The Royal Castle. Here, William the Conqueror (after building it), gathered all the powerful men of England in 1086 for a ceremony to assert his royal authority.
- Day trip to Stonehenge in Wiltshire with friends with a stop at a local pub.
- Visit the most iconic of all English fortresses at the gateway of the real for nine centuries, Dover Castle on the White Cliffs of Dover.
- Stand on the spot where 950 years ago, England’s future was fought in the decisive Battle of 1066 (Battle of Hastings) at Battle Abbey and follow in the footsteps of King Harold and William the Conqueror.
- Explore the dark dungeons of Pevensey Castle in East Sussex which dates back to the 4th century as one of the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’. It was the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066.
- Check out the fearsome fortress of Framlingham Castle in Suffolk where Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.
- Learn about the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
Remember you can pack a picnic to most of the above sites to make the most of your visit to celebrate St. George’s Day.