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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK
    Departure Time
    Tours depart daily every 15 to 30 minutes (subject to change)

    Globe Theatre Tours

    November to February –
    Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

    March to October –
    Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm,
    Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 12.00pm
    Sunday 9.30am to 11.00am

    Tour and Afternoon Tea 
    Monday to Saturday Globe Theatre Tour is at 12.00pm and the Afternoon Tea is served at 13:00
    Sunday Globe Theatre Tour is at 12.00 pm and the Afternoon Tea is served at 12:00.

    Important note: rehearsals will also take place throughout the Theatre Season. Please note that access to the Globe Theatre may be restricted.
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (maximum 50 people)
    • Tour and afternoon tea, if option selected
    • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Tour takes 30-40 minutes, upon arrival you will join the next available tour, expected waiting time is half an hour in winter and 15 minutes in Summer
    • During the peak theatre season (April 23 - October 2), there may be occasions when the Globe tours are unable to run due to matinee performances and rehearsals taking place. When the Globe tours are not available, Rose or Bankside tours can be offered instead.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This tour was not my choice but I am so glad I went! There was so much to learn from the tour as well as the amphitheatre itself. The tour guide completely topped it for us (mick) it was really a great laugh with such a great group of people. This was part of the national rail
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    This was a great experience. We took the guided tour and had an amazing guide who really brought both Shakespeare and the theater to life. We followed the tour with a half-term family workshop. I high recommend this experience. My 10 year old loved it (as did his parents).
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    Not only did we get to see the beautiful theatre with a fabulous guide (Dom), we watched a rehearsal of Macbeth taking place. What a treat. Informative, exciting and a real eye opener into the meticulous rehearsal for a play. Absolutely brilliant. A great late breakfast in the
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    The tour was excellent! Our guide Cockney Mike was basically just having a blast telling us the facts about the theatre. He made the tour engaging and fun. Would recommend for even people who aren't into Shakespeare or theater in general.
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    Worth the stop. Our tour guide Llyr livened up the experience and other Globe staff even demonstrated sword fighting in Shakespearean England. Would definitely recommend to any history lovers. Wish we’d had time to see a show there too!
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    cmckennan
    20
    amazing!!
    This tour was not my choice but I am so glad I went! There was so much to learn from the tour as well as the
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    Zosia B
    Waterloo, Belgium
    1144263
    Fabulous
    This was a great experience. We took the guided tour and had an amazing guide who really brought both
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    Claire T
    133
    Wow what a treat
    Not only did we get to see the beautiful theatre with a fabulous guide (Dom), we watched a rehearsal of Macbeth
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    montgomerieburns1
    Petts Wood, United Kingdom
    5723
    Family outing to The Globe
    A family day out with kids lead us back in time to Shakespeares Globe Theatre. After watching a demonstration of
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    Cory D
    21
    Great Time!
    The tour was excellent! Our guide Cockney Mike was basically just having a blast telling us the facts about the
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    crcurtis31
    Boston, Massachusetts
    153
    Witty tour guide, great history lesson
    Worth the stop. Our tour guide Llyr livened up the experience and other Globe staff even demonstrated sword
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    karenandsteve2017
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    53
    The amazing Shakespear's Globe Theatre
    We took a tour of Shakespear's Globe and was amazed at what an interesting, historical building it was. The detail
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    Cezwhizzer
    20
    Guided tour
    The guide was funny and informative about the history behind The Globe Theatre. A great experience! I would
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    Hannah H
    Eastleigh, United Kingdom
    6928
    Well worth a tour
    We went on a little tour yesterday and had an amazing time. Our tour guide Llyr was fab and I’m not being biased
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    richard m
    Whitchurch, United Kingdom
    12095
    Unique
    Unique theatre in this day and age, marvellous that this building can be operated in the centre of London with
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