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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

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London, United Kingdom
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Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Travel through time to Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Visit the reconstructed theater on the city’s Bankside and enjoy lively commentary about staging and performance in Shakespeare’s day. Then, head into the Globe Exhibition with an audio guide to listen to recordings of riveting performances and learn about drama in 16th-century London from interactive displays. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea at the Globe's restaurant.
  • Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London
  • Tour the reconstructed Elizabethan theater and see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day
  • Enjoy all-day access to the interactive Globe Exhibition
  • See Shakespeare's world brought to life by actors, recordings and interactive displays
  • Upgrade to include a whimsical A Midsummer Night's Dream– themed afternoon tea at the Swan at the Globe
Trip back to the dramatic and mercurial world of Elizabethan London with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Bankside. Collect your ticket, which includes a tour of the theater and admission to the Globe Exhibition, and then join up with your guide and group at the tour meeting point.
Head inside the Globe — a masterpiece of Elizabethan architecture and active performance house — and harken back to the days when ordinary (and terribly raucous) citizens crowded the open-air, circular theatre for a Shakespeare show. Immerse yourself in tales of the 1599 theater experience, which featured the unruly sport of Elizabethan spectating, and hear about the Globe’s history, renovation and current life as an experimental theater space.
After your 30-minute tour, continue to the Globe Exhibition. With your audio guide in hand, explore the exhibition at your own pace. Learn about the world and folly of performance in Shakespeare’s time, discover how sound effects were created 400 years ago, and hear about the processes that went into putting together a play, from writing and rehearsals to music and dance.
Plus, get interactive in the Playground and Discovery Space areas, enjoy recordings of Shakespearean performances, and learn about 16th-century clothing design as you browse costume collections. How long you spend inside the exhibition is up to you, but many visitors find between one and two hours to be sufficient.
Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option
Finish your tour in style by upgrading to include afternoon tea at the Swan at the Globe. This one-of-a-kind afternoon tea is inspired by Shakespeare’s much-loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and many of the sweet and savory delights on offer can be traced back to the play — even the crockery on which the tea is served has been designed to reflect the play's whimsical themes. Sip a glass of prosecco and your choice of tea, and sink your teeth into a delectable selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes while you gaze out over the Thames River and St Paul’s Cathedral. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Please note: If you’ve opted for the upgrade, please arrive by 11:45am (Monday to Saturday) or 10:45am (Sunday) to ensure you have enough time for the exhibition and tour before the afternoon tea.

Itinerary

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea Sample Menu:

Sandwiches: 

• Herb fed lemon chicken, pea flower
• Smoked salmon, grape mustard and dill pancake
• Wild mushroom, whipped truffle cheese tart
• Duck egg mayonnaise, asparagusCakes and scones:

• Chocolate and violet chouquettes
• Lemon and rose cake
• Strawberry delice and elderflower meringue
• Hibiscus and apricot shot
• Mulberry scones and plain scones served with clotted cream and midsummer jam

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Not enough information
Kimvw1
, Jul 2019
Didn’t realise it was first come first served ticket so my daughter and I missed out due to a lack of time. Next time will book directly with The Globe
Shakespeare Globe Tour & Tea wonderful! But NEVER book through Viator!!!!
jschiersch
, Jul 2019
However, would suggest you NEVER book through Viator! They do not allow digital tickets, only printed ones and they totally screwed up the schedule leaving us to fix things with the theatre after finding no tour existed at the time we were to be there. Highly recommend the experience, just not this booking company!
Fun at the Globe
Go61835562091
, Jul 2019
Getting there by Tate to Tate boat was a highlight. Guide (Ed) was very knowledgeable and brought the time of the Globe alive. Having a rehearsal ongoing made the experience much more interesting and going into the arena twice was good as it brought out different aspects for the observer. The Tour was nicely timed - just long enough.
The theater was great
juliogP3673ID
, Jun 2019
I enjoyed being the tour through the theater, but I didn't like the tour guide. She started by repeating several times that this was not the original theater (joy and imagination killer) and then she would make senseless jokes while showing the theater, I felt like telling her LADY THIS IS SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, STOP THE NONSENSE. Instead I took of my headset and lean towards another group of school boys who were there with the teacher, who by the way did an excellent job, much better than our foolish guide
Very nice
ImScampy12
, May 2019
Just what it says-everyone was efficient, polite, and knowledgeable. I got there early and they were happy to have me go with the 11 a.m. group. We got to watch several minutes of a rehearsal which was very interesting! After our tour, our guide directed us to the site of the original Globe, which is really just a block or so away.. I was also early for tea, which I understood was at 1:30, but they were all set up and took me at about 12:45. This was lovely. The room was charming, with an unbelievable view. The service fantastic, and the food tasty. A little pricey but the overall experience is really worth it!
Great
hickmelodyann
, May 2019
Fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour! Our guide was fun and very informative. Teatime was very nice at The Swan!!
Very interesting! Jeremy was our...
Yasmin G
, Aug 2018
Very interesting! Jeremy was our guide and he was very captivating and knowledgeable!!! Would highly recommend!
Took the magnificent tour and felt as...
Patrick S
, Apr 2018
Took the magnificent tour and felt as if I was back in time.
Loved the Globe including the tour...
Elizabeth B
, Mar 2018
Loved the Globe including the tour and historical explanations. Afternoon tea location was beautiful and food delicious!
As a Shakespeare nerd I was so...
Ashlea D
, Feb 2018
As a Shakespeare nerd I was so excited to attend the Globe Theatre and see the wonderful work they have done trying to replicate the globe theatre for modern audiences. We had a very small tour six of us so we were able to have a lot more question time with the lovely guide and able to sit up in the top rung of seats. The little museum about Shakespearian London is also very interesting and a good way to pass the time before the tour starts. We will be returning in the summer so we can attend a performance at the Globe.

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