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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. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea
  • Tour the reconstructed Elizabethan theater and see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day
  • Upgrade to include a whimsical A Midsummer Night's Dream– themed afternoon tea at the Swan at the Globe
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Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (maximum 30 people)
Guided tour and Shakespearean themed afternoon tea, if option selected
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT England
Trip back to the dramatic and mercurial world of Elizabethan London with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Bankside. Collect your ticket 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.

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 on 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).
Itinerary
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Step inside this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare’s iconic Globe theatre. Imagine it as it would have been at the centre of London’s notorious Bankside entertainment district. Throughout the year their expert guides bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life in a 50 minute guided tour, with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s and how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theatre space. Take a seat ‘within this wooden ‘O’’ – listen, absorb and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Visitors need to arrive at the entrance of the Groundling Gates on Bankside opposite the river, where a staff member will greet you at an outdoor information pod.
  • We advise visitors arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Duration of guided tour is 50 minute.
  • The Globe is a working theatre, tour times vary due to performance schedules or sometimes take place during rehearsals (giving you an exclusive look at the rehearsal process!).
  • Guided tours take place in all weathers.
  • There is no dress code, but we recommend visitors wear appropriate clothing and footwear as tours take place outdoors.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tuesday to Saturday afternoon tea is served at 1.00pm if option is chosen
  • Sunday afternoon tea is served at 12.00pm if option is chosen
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shakespeare's Globe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea.
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What is the social distancing policy during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea.

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  • "A little pricey but the overall experience is really worth it!" See review
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Interesting Tour
Bernie_B
, Sep 2021
Loved our tour of the Globe Theatre...Groupt not too large - Not too long but very interesting. Many thanks to all.
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A magical experience
Rachel_C
, Aug 2021
This visit was especially for my boyfriend’s birthday. He is a very big fan of Shakespeare and has watched many plays in Stratford. We weren’t disappointed the guide was was lovely! With a touch of humour she was very informative! So interesting. In side the globe, was wonderful with its open thatch roof, so authentic in great London metropolis. We also had the privilege to see actors at work rehearsing for twelfth night. My only complaint, I would have loved to stayed longer. Definitely come back in the near future to watch a play.
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Great experience
Richard_s
, Aug 2021
great tour with informative and entertaining knowledge went with our 12 year old and we all loved it
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Globe Trotting for the recommend!
Olivia_K
, Jan 2020
Awesome knowledge! We bloody loved our guide - I sadly missed his name but he looks a little bit like Graham Norton? Anyway loved him and loved the tour! I would highly recommend
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Awesome tour guide
Colleen_B
, Jan 2020
The Tour was great Jeremy was awesome He made Shakespeare come alive. we will be back to see a show. .
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Shakespeare Done Right
Gina W
, Nov 2019
What a treat it was to sit in an exact replica of the original Old Globe Theatre. The afternoon tea next door was a wonderful way to cap off a perfect afternoon!
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So very interesting
Elvira T
, Oct 2019
Loved this...very informative and highly entertaining. Our guide Frances was extremely delightful and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Open ticket time
Iamuth14me
, Sep 2019
Very informative guide. I liked the whole experience. We watched the actors practice from the bench seating. Again open time ticket which made for relaxed day.
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A trip back in time
MajorDan2019
, Aug 2019
Our guide was informative and full of energy. She explained so many things about the recreation of the Globe theatre and how it is thought things were like in 1600 or so. Definitely worth the time if you appreciate history and still remember something of Shakespeare's plays from your school days. They do live plays here as well. we didn't know that but next time, we will have to attend one to see the theatre in action.
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Excellent Tour
Roving566624
, Aug 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Globe is an amazing replica and definitely worth the visit. My boyfriend and I are both Engliish teachers but we still learned a lot on this tour.
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