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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Theatrically inclined visitors to London will delight in the relatively recently reconstructed replica of the Globe Theatre, with which the Bard was famously associated. Guided tours of the facility offer an unparalleled glimpse into the theatrical craft, culture and community that thrived during Shakespeare's day (and in response to the author's mighty quill).

Originally constructed in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company (the so-called Lord Chamberlain's Men), the structure was decimated by a fire 14 years later. A second structure was promptly erected, only to be closed in 1642, a mere 26 years after its founder's death.

A faithful replica of the structure (dubbed “Shakespeare's Globe”) was opened to the public in 1997, just 750 feet from the site of its predecessors. It offers the world's largest exhibition dedicated to the greatest scribbler in the English language, complete with actors, recordings and interactive displays. The official tour of the facility includes all-day access to the interactive exhibits, where you'll learn about the technical aspects involved in creating special effects and costumes more than 400 years ago, and listen to recordings of some of the most famous productions of the Bard's plays ever recorded.

A highly recommended upgrade to this tour includes a traditional British afternoon tea served at the Swan Brasserie or the theatre bar, where you'll be treated to views of the River Thames as well as your choice of refreshment, sandwiches and cakes.

Not to be overlooked are the regularly scheduled performances of the master's plays on the grounds of the Globe itself. Nighttime performances do take place (unlike in Shakespeare's day, when the lack of artificial lighting precluded the possibility), but it's fascinating nonetheless to witness the works performed in such an authentic setting.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 Reviews

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1-2 hours

From USD $21.54

London Evening Bike Tour

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Watch day turn to night on a sunset bike tour of London, led by a friendly local guide! Going at a steady pace, your tour passes all of the city’s legendary ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.06

Small-Group Evening Walking Tour of London with Fish and Chips Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Experience 2,000 years of British history in just three hours! On this guided tour through London, you’ll see all the classic sights before enjoying a typical ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.85

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