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

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

Travel through time to Elizabethan London with an intimate guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. See the reconstructed theater on the city’s Bankside and enjoy lively commentary about the staging and performance in Shakespeare’s day. Head into the Globe Exhibition to listen to recordings of riveting performances, and to learn more about drama in 16th-century London from live storytellers and interactive displays.


  • Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London
  • Tour the reconstructed Globe Theatre and see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day
  • All-day access to the interactive Globe Exhibition
  • Actors, recordings and interactive displays bring Shakespeare's world to life
  • Upgrade to include a delicious afternoon tea at the Globe Theatre

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What You Can Expect

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

Visit the exciting and often dangerous world of Elizabethan London where in 1599, Bankside was the entertainment center of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theaters. Ordinary people flocked to see Shakespeare's plays and they laughed, cried, shouted abuse at the actors, ate and drank during the performances.

As a visitor to the Exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theaters of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time - from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore.

Listen to recordings from some of the most Shakespearean performances ever or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating clothes 400 years ago.

A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium. Journey through time to Elizabethan London with their colourful tales of the 1599 theater experience as well as the reconstruction process of the 1990's and how the wooden 'o' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option

After your visit why not indulge yourself with a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea served at the Swan Restaurant at the Globe Theatre? Here you can enjoy stunning views of the River Thames while savouring a delicious Afternoon Tea, complete with a glass of prosecco, choice of teas, sandwiches and cakes (see sample menu in itinerary section below). If you would like to include the Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option, it is recommended that you arrive at 11:45am for your Exhibition and Tour visit to allow yourself enough time for the Exhibition, Tour and Afternoon Tea.


Sample Afternoon Tea Menu:
Choice of Sandwiches:
Cucumber; Tomato and Dill; Scottish Smoked Salmon; York Ham and Mustard
Cakes & Scones:
Lemon Drizzle Cake; Swan Fruit Cake; Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really enjoyed the entire experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was like stepping into history. I recommend this to everyone going to London.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was great to hear about the audiences at the Globe Theatre in Shakespeare's day. Our guide Alex provided lots of colour and context for the theatre. We recommend the high tea as well - the food was beautiful to look at and delicious to eat... and when we couldn't finish it, the staff put some in a box for us to take home! Friendly service and a great view!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I think Viator's pricing is a little excessive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It's a nice tour for Shakespeare / theatre fans. Plus to get there is a nice walk along the river.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I got in to see a performance of Richard 11 after my tour which was the icing on the cake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour is an amazing experience, I would suggest booking the tour and the play on the same day to get the full experience. Wouldn't miss it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour and exhibition. Our tour guide was so enthusiastic bringing alive the theatre. We loved her and obviously she loved her work and being an actress

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was incredibly informative in a very entertaining way. The guide was excellent and had us all laughing on numerous occasions.
We spent about an hour looking at the exhibition, very interesting and creative. You don't need to be a massive fan of Shakespeare to enjoy this visit! We were able to watch actors rehearsing a fencing scene which was great.
The staff were all extremely pleasant , welcoming and helpful.

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