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    Inside, we explore language in all shapes and forms across the nation, taking in William Shakespeare’s homeland, the greatest speeches given by the greatest Brits, and the resurgence of Welsh

    Often when compiling a new issue, unexpected themes emerge and language has proved one of those threads here. We begin with arguably Britain’s greatest wordsmith, William Shakespeare, as we tour the area surrounding his Stratford-upon-Avon home in search of ruined castles, Tudor gardens and curiously-titled villages that sound as if they were named by the Bard himself.

    Our former deputy editor Sally Hales has also written a fascinating piece about the campaign to preserve the Welsh language, underlining the cultural benefits while suggesting places to visit and find out more. And finally, we’ve picked out 13 of the greatest speeches in British history from Oscar Wilde to Margaret Thatcher, celebrating our nation’s history of excellence in eloquence.

    We hope you enjoy the issue!

    Also inside the issue

    • Tour the Lake District’s quieter spots and channel the true spirit of the Romantic era
    • Explore Scotland’s only surviving hand-crafted tartan mill
    • Visit Windsor, home to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world
    • Learn how London’s West End grew into a world-famous theatre district
    • Enter Ely Cathedral, one of Britain’s finest churches, set in an unlikely spot in the Cambridgeshire marshes
    • Follow our self-guided route around the mouth of the River Medway in Kent, home to Dickens sites and maritime history
    • Enter our competition to win a sight-seeing mini-break in Shakespeare’s England
    • Meet the newly reopened Museum of the Home’s director Sonia Solicari
    • Delve into the history behind the Mappa Mundi, one of the world’s unique medieval treasures

    Buy your copy of issue 224 (October/November 2021) here (available from 10 September) or subscribe online to have Discover Britain delivered direct to your door six times a year.


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