Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

From US$ 22.71 per person

Step inside this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare’s iconic Globe Theatre on a guided tour. Imagine it as it would have been at the center of London’s notorious bankside entertainment district.

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  • Be introduced to the world-famous Globe Theatre and life in Shakespeare's London
  • Discover how shows were produced in Shakespeare's time and how the space is used today
  • Learn how the open-air theatre was constructed using traditional techniques and is held together using 9,500 wooden pegs
  • Enjoy live demonstrations throughout the day in the interpretation and demonstration space
  • Head to the Swan Restaurant for a traditional afternoon tea (if option selected)
Full description
Your expert guide will bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life in a 40 minute guided tour, with colorful 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 and listen, absorb, and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold. Enjoy exciting live demonstrations in The Guided Tour Welcome and Demonstration Space at various times throughout the day, which include Elizabethan clothing dressings, stage fighting, and printing the plays using a replica 17th-century printing press. Afterwards, head to the Swan Restaurant for a traditional afternoon tea, accompanied by a glass of English Hush Heath sparkling wine. This can be purchased as an additional option with your tour ticket.
  • 40-minute guided tour
  • Guided tour language sheets available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and simplified Chinese
  • Live demonstrations throughout the day
  • Afternoon tea and English Hush Heath sparkling wine, if option selected

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    • As this is a working theatre the tour times vary due to performance schedules or sometimes take place during rehearsal, giving you an exclusive look at the rehearsal process
    • This tour operates in all weathers
    • There is no dress code but it is recommended to wear appropriate clothing and footwear as the tour takes place outdoors
    • There is a bar, restaurant, and cafe on site
    • The gift shop can be accessed through the main entrance and is open to the public all day (no ticket required)
    Customer reviews

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    4.6 / 5

    based on 347 reviews

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    Shakespeare's Globe was terrific!

    I visited Shakespeare's Globe on Wednesday. I got there at half-past nine, converted my e-ticket and started the tour at half-past ten. I had breakfast at Swan, the restaurant nearby. The guide at the Shakespeare Globe was a cheerful, charming young lady who gave minute details about the history of the theatre, the performances held there (historical and recent) and the architecture and design of the building. She made her presentation intriguing and funny, I really enjoyed her presence and I stayed as close to her as possible. The gift shop is also exquisite, I had to refrain myself not to buy too many items but still I got a Shakespeare's Globe T-Shirt and a quill. My only regret is that I didn't buy a ticket for an actual performance here. Next time I'm in London, I will return to Shakespeare's Globe especially to see a play here, preferably "Macbeth".

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    August 22, 2019

    Enjoyed a memorable tour of the New “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre”!

    Attended a tour of the new Shakespeare Globe Theatre with my teenage grandson and we found it very worthwhile. The grandson and the staff were very attentive to this near80 year old grandma. The staff commentaries were rich in detailed explanations and attending two rehearsals was a joy. Stairs were a challenge for me, as were the narrow seats, yet I was so pleased to have made the effort. Being present at a rehearsal was such an opportunity to see the actors in situ and they were even costumed which really set the scene.

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    August 13, 2019

    A very enjoyable and informative visit!

    I visited with my daughter on 8th June 2019. Definitely would recommend having a guided tour of the Globe Theatre. What an amazing reconstruction! The tour was made even more enjoyable by Matt our guide who had a great personality and was extremely knowledgeable. I’ll be visiting again soon to watch a production that’s for sure!

    June 9, 2019

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