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What: Guided tour & exhibition

Where:London, UK

Availability: Daily

Tour Time: Every 30 mins

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Take a guided tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and see the world's largest exhibition devoted to The Bard and the London in which he lived and worked.

The Globe Theatre Tour

  • Your ticket includes a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium, where expert guide-storytellers take visitors on a journey through time back to Elizabethan London.
  • You’ll also find out more about the Globe’s reconstruction in the 1980s-90s, and how the wooden 'O' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

  • Explore the remarkable story of the Globe Theatre at the world's largest exhibition devoted to William Shakespeare, his life and his work.
  • Housed beneath the reconstructed theatre, the exhibition is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse from 1599, where Shakespeare wrote many of his greatest plays.
  • Shakespeare's world is brought to life before your eyes through interactive displays and live demonstrations, accompanied by a complimentary audio guide.
  • Discover how shows were produced in the theatres of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance.
  • Experience today's working theatre at Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London, and find out about the extravagant Elizabethan costumes.
  • Discover the dramatic stories of the first Globe crossing the Thames, and the new Globe being reconstructed on Bankside.
  • Visiting with children? Make sure you pick up a copy of the “Family Trail” to fill out as they move through the exhibition. Click here to download the Family Trail
Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Culture Vultures
  • Theatre Fanatics

Availability:

Open daily except December 24th & 25th

Tour Times:

  • Tours run every 30 minutes.
  • Please bring your e-ticket to the admission desk at the exhibition and tour entrance, and you will be able to join the next available tour.
  • Exhibition Standard Opening Hours 9am – 5pm.
  • Globe Theatre Tours Standard Hours 9.30am – 5pm

Location:

  • The Globe is located at 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT.
  • The closest Tube stations are: Blackfriars, Mansion House London Bridge, Southwark & St Paul's.

Duration:

  • Guided tours of the Globe Theatre take around 30 minutes plus time at the end for questions.
  • The Exhibition is self-guided so you can spend as long as you like here! We advise leaving at least an hour to explore.

Guide:

Audio guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese for the exhibition.

Disabled Access:

  • The Globe is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Commentaries are displayed on panels and interactive touch screens throughout the Exhibition for deaf or hearing impaired people.
  • There are recorded commentaries throughout the Exhibition for blind or visually impaired people. Braille panels summarising each section are placed on the walls.
  • Hearing dogs are welcome

Included:

  • Guided tour of the theatre
  • Audio Guide for the Exhibition

Not included:

  • Food or drinks
  • Transport

On Foot:

Shakespeare's Globe is best accessed on foot. There are excellent footpaths along the river from Waterloo and from Southwark Bridge. The Millennium Footbridge is 50 metres from the Theatre.

By Underground:

The nearest tube stations are:

  • Blackfriars on the District and Circle Lines (10 minute walk)
  • Mansion House on the District and Circle Lines (10 minute walk)
  • London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines (15 minute walk)
  • Southwark on the Jubilee Line (15 minute walk)
  • St Paul's on the Central Line (15 minute walk)

By Train:

The nearest train stations are:

  • Blackfriars (10 minute walk)
  • London Bridge (15 minute walk)
  • Cannon Street (15 minute walk)
  • Waterloo (25 minute walk).

By Bus:

Local bus routes include:

  • 45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge
  • 15, 17 to Cannon Street
  • 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76 to Mansion House
  • 381 , RV1 to Southwark Street
  • 344 to Southwark Bridge Road 

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