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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

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

Customer Reviews

Jennifer United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Super easy to walk right in for a tour with our printout confirmation email. Our entire family loved this tour and the kids said it was their favorite London attraction ages 6, 9, 10, 15. Our Cockney guide was funny and informative. Plenty of time to take pictures. The museum is a not-to-miss site afterwards with activities and exhibits for all ages. We even got to see a clothing demonstration - they dressed up my 10 yo daughter in peasant apparel!

Francene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I loved this museum and guided tour. The exhibits are wonderful! I wished we had purchased tickets for a play but we had not. Our high tea was fabulous!! There was so much food that it was our lunch and dinner. Definitely worth treating yourself to this! You will remember it!

skybisons

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide and very interesting history. Loved the costumes and the overall experience.

Michele Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good

emmaknock United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I took this tour on my birthday and it was a lovely way to spend the day. I arrived at the Globe about 15 minutes before my tour start time and had no trouble collecting the tickets and joining up with the group and guide in the exhibition area. The tour began outside the Globe, where we learned about the reconstruction of the theatre, and then we went inside and sat down in the ‘two penny’ seats. Our guide Lauren was awesome. She told us all about the Globe, Shakespeare and Elizabethan London, and had the whole group laughing and engaged throughout. After the tour, I made my way through the exhibition with an audio guide. There’s loads to see and read about, as well as some clothing and stage-fighting demonstrations, so give yourself plenty of time. I upgraded to finish with afternoon tea at the Swan and I’m so glad I did. The menus, tea set and food are all in the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you take this tour, I highly recommend opting for the afternoon tea.

Tyler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Shakespeare's Globe is a must visit while in London! On arrival we made our way through to the start of the tour. Our guide Lauren Holden was great! So insightful, knowledgeable and funny - truly bringing our tour to life! While Lauren was telling us all about the Globe, some of the actors came out on stage to start warming up for their afternoon show- such a nice surprise!:) Once the tour was finished I made my way around the exhibition with an audio guide, there were fencing and clothing demonstrations to watch too! We upgraded to experience the Midsummer Nights Dream themed afternoon tea at The Swan- lovely way to end off the visit! I highly recommend this tour!

Rina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was most informative. Our tour guide was hilarious and made the tour interesting! I was even able to take great pics! Thanks for a great time!

Vivian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mohawkriverdj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Globe tour was great - - and the tea at the restaurant next door was fantastic!!! I can't say enough about it. It was an incredible meal and the staff was great.

Kevin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was entertaining and informative. Both my grandson and I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. The pacing of the tour and the layout of the museum made it accessible to all.

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