Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours With Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea - London

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    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, Tues.. read more
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    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT England
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    Returns to original departure point
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    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The iconic Globe Theatre is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse in which Shakespeare worked, and for which he wrote many of his most famous plays! Their expert guide-storytellers provide a fascinating tour of the Globe Theatre auditorium, vividly recreating colourful stories of the 1599 Playhouse, the London Shakespeare would have known and the Globe reconstruction process in the 1990s. Their guides will also bring the theatre to life exploring how the wooden O works today as an imaginative and experimental space for performance.

Upgrade to enjoy an enchanting afternoon tea at Swan at the Globe, the theatres onsite restaurant following your tour. This experience puts a theatrical twist on afternoon tea, with plays such as A Midsummer Nights Dream and Romeo and Juliet as inspiration.Take in views of London whilst enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and sweet delicacies served on bespoke crockery decorated with illustrations inspired by the plays.

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A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium.

As a visitor to the Exhibition, you will discover how shows were produced in the theaters during Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance, and performance.

Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore.

Listen to recordings from some of the most Shakespearean performances ever or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating clothes 400 years ago.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option  -

After visiting The globe, you can upgrade to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea with a twist. Served at The globe's Swan restaurant, the tea is inspired by scenes from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Sip prosecco and your choice of tea, and indulge in a delectable selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and cakes many of which can be traced back to characters and food featured in the play. (See the Itinerary for a sample menu.)

Please note: If you have opted for the upgrade, please arrive by 11:45 am (Monday to Saturday) or 10:45 am (Sunday) to ensure you have enough time for the exhibition and tour before the afternoon tea.


Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (maximum 30 people)

Guided tour and Shakespearean themed afternoon tea, if option selected

Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre



Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

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

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

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.

Most travelers can participate

Tuesday to Saturday afternoon tea is served at 1.00pm if option is chosen

Sunday afternoon tea is served at 12.00pm if option is chosen

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Sep-2022

    Great experience, kids learn about William Shakespeare in very fun way with Michael. He was a great entertainment. I will come back again

  • 04-Sep-2022

    Michael was simply outstanding! Funny and informative too. We all had a lovely time listening to Michael.Giving us just the right amount of useful information on this absolutely wonderful venue was a real treat. Thank you Michael! 12pm Guided Tour Saturday 3rd September

  • 14-Aug-2022

    Absolutely amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a night out drinks included and much fun

  • 06-Aug-2022

    Not only was the play ‘Julius Ceasar’ so dull and low budget but this venue needs some urgent changes. If the actors aren’t facing you it’s impossible to hear them. Why can’t they wear microphones? The hard wooden benches were narrow and had a bar at the back which soon got very uncomfortable. My ticket was £66 but I was expected to hire a cushion for £2.50 extra. I felt sorry for those standing ( for almost 3hrs) the attendants won’t let you sit down on the floor and some had sunlight shining into their eyes so visibility was poor for them even though they had front tickets. One person was taken away by an ambulance crew. We left at the interval. I wonder how many stayed. This venue is an overpriced tourist trap and the production was shoddy and dull. Don’t go

  • 04-Aug-2022

    We enjoyed a very special afternoon tea at the globe restaurant recently. It was beautifully presented to a theme of “ a midsummer night’s dream” .our waiter was so delightful and explained everything in great detail. The view was spectacular of St. Paul’s cathedral and the Thames . All in all a lovely afternoon.

  • 21-Jul-2022

    We took the 50 minute guided tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the tour was informative. We all enjoyed seeing inside of the theater and watching the actors rehearse for The Tempest. It was fun to get to experience a few minutes of the rehearsal process.

  • 10-Jul-2022

    This was such a fun tour! We had Mick who was very animated and knew so much about the area. I learnt a lot and had a great time!

  • 01-Jul-2022

    Avoid a guided tour of the theatre - a waste of time and money. See a performance instead. Why? 1. The theatre is a reconstruction from the 1990's. NOTHING is remotely original, including the site of the original theatre some hundred yards away. 2. The guided tours are crowded with up 30-40 per tour. 3. The headsets for the guide's remarks do not function well, a nuisance at best. 4. The whole tour consists of looking at the theatre from the seats - no backstage tour, nothing. Which would be okay, EXCEPT ... 5. Rehearsals TRUMP everything else. With even just a single performer vocalizing on stage, NO photos. Imagine taking a guided theatre tour and not being able to take a photo of the reconstructed stage - rules! Our tour was hurried along. The doors were shut and rehearsals began. Three weeks in UK - the worst tour!

  • 29-Jun-2022

    Our tour guide Mick was a lovable cockney who was personable, knowledgeable and approachable.the tour was great.

  • 23-Jun-2022

    Fantastic to experience a play at The Globe! No microphone, loudspeakers, live music and interaction with the audiense, just like in Skakespeare’s time.

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