St George's Day

St George's Day 2022

Immerse yourself in the story of the gallant knight St George and his legendary encounter with the fearful dragon.

Take a look at our guides designed to help you discover the history behind England's patron saint, and have a go at making your very own cardboard sword and shield to fend off any dragons you may find.

You can also book your tickets to celebrate our patron saint and 2000 years of English history at the biggest, most action-packed St George’s Day event in the country.

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Prepare for St George's Day

Think you've got what it takes to defeat a dragon? Get prepared for St George's Day with our 'how to' guides on sword and shield making, and don't forget to share your creations with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

  • MAKE A CARDBOARD SWORD

    On the hunt for dragons this St George's Day? Follow our simple instructions to making a Norman-style sword out of cardboard and foil.

  • WHAT IS HERALDRY?

    Our guide will help you get to grips with the basics and give you the facts you need to design your very own piece of heraldry or coat of arms.

  • MAKE A CARDBOARD SHIELD

    Up to speed on your heraldry? Choose your colours, pick a fearsome beast as your charge, and make your own medieval shield with our walkthrough.

  • MAKE A DRAGON

    If you're feeling creative and would rather create mythical beasts than slay them, follow our tips on how to make your very own dragon out of clay.

Who was St George?

The story of England's patron saint in his battle against the legendary dragon is as iconic as his red and white flag. But like many early saints, very little is known about the details of his life.

If you'd like to separate the fact from the fiction, read our article on the truth behind the legend of St George, or listen to the English Heritage Podcast as Senior Properties Historian Dr Michael Carter unravels the secrets of our heroic patron saint.

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    Get creative and explore the past with our collection of history-themed crafts and activities - perfect for a rainy day!

  • Listen: The English Heritage Podcast

    Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews across over 100 episodes.

  • Shop St George's Day

    Looking to keep the family entertained? Choose from our range of classic toys, games, outfits, and activity kits.

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