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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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 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

Departure Time

Globe Theatre Tour
4/1/2021 - 10/31/2021
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11/1/2021 - 2/28/2022
Tuesday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Globe Tour and Afternoon Tea
4/1/2021 - 10/31/2022
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Shakespeare Globe Trust

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 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
See all safety measures taken by Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional 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 Afternoon Tea.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional 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 Afternoon Tea.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional 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 Afternoon Tea.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea.

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  • "A little pricey but the overall experience is really worth it!" See review
  • "The Globe is an amazing replica and definitely worth the visit." See review

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Globe Trotting for the recommend!
kingolivia12
, 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
c 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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Absolutely wonderful
Jessie H
, Jul 2019
Excellent tour of the Globe as well as great photo opportunities without other people being around. Gerrod was our tour guide and gave fantastic information; very humorous and entertaining, definitely learned quite a bit. We even got to watch a fight scene run-through since we were touring right before a 2pm show. The tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Afternoon tea was all set up through Viator which gave us such peace of mind. I was super impressed by everything. Our reservation for tea was amazing- the white tea (pear and ginger) was so delicious as well as all the cakes and sandwiches were perfect! We opted for the champagne which felt so fancy. The restaurant (The Swan) was beautiful with stunning views of the Thames and skyline. I made sure to print and bring the tickets for both the tour and tea, Viator made everything so smooth and easy. My husband and I had a wonderfully perfect London afternoon at the Globe, not to mention we saw the 7:30pm performance of Midsummer and laughed till we cried. It was a dream!
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Not enough information
Kimvw1
, Jul 2019
Didn’t realise it was first come first served ticket so my daughter and I missed out due to a lack of time. Next time will book directly with The Globe
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Shakespeare Globe Tour & Tea wonderful! But NEVER book through Viator!!!!
jschiersch
, Jul 2019
However, would suggest you NEVER book through Viator! They do not allow digital tickets, only printed ones and they totally screwed up the schedule leaving us to fix things with the theatre after finding no tour existed at the time we were to be there. Highly recommend the experience, just not this booking company!
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