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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.

Highlights

  • 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 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 the Globe Theatre and Exhibition in Bankside! As you step into the venue – a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and active performance house – harken back to the days when ordinary (and terribly raucous!) citizens crowded the small circular theatre for an inexpensive Shakespeare show.

Pop in your audio guide and take an independent tour of the Exhibition, where you’ll learn about the world and folly of performance in Shakespeare’s time. Learn about the process of theatre from writing and rehearsals to music and dance, and discover the world of 16th century special effects. Find out how sound effects were created 400 years ago and what performers used for fake blood.

Get interactive in the Playground and Discovery Space areas, where you can create your own Shakespearean phrases, browse costume collections and learn about 16th-century clothing design, and direct a scene! Enjoy recordings of Shakespearean performances piped into your headphones and add your voice to the actor register.

Throughout your Shakespearean adventure, carve out 30 minutes for a fascinating guided tour (included with entry) of the iconic Globe Theatre. Immerse yourself in tales of the 1599 theater experience – which featured the unruly sport of Elizabethan spectating – and hear about the theater’s recent renovation and current life as an experimental theatre space.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option

Conclude your thematic tour with a traditional British Afternoon Tea at the Globe’s Swan Restaurant. With this upgrade, savor delectable sandwiches and cakes served with prosecco or tea while gazing at the River Thames. Please arrive by 11:45am to ensure enough time for the exhibition, tour and afternoon tea.

Itinerary

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

Customer Reviews

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.

schwanty

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

So cool!

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Absolutely superb.
The guide was knowledgeable and interesting and the Globe Theatre was beautiful.
I will be back.

Sharon T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide was lovely. The theater is very interesting to look at and the tour was very informative. Nice part of town to also see the river and the Tate museum and the tour is not only tailored to theater lovers but generally interesting cultural things. Not too long, either, which was nice.

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really enjoyed the entire experience.

Joshua B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

Janine W

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!

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