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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

Greater London, United Kingdom

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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. Then, head into the Globe Exhibition with an audio guide to listen to recordings of riveting performances and learn about drama in 16th-century London from interactive displays. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea at the Globe's restaurant.
  • Tour the reconstructed Elizabethan theater and see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day
  • Enjoy all-day access to the interactive Globe Exhibition
  • See Shakespeare's world brought to life by actors, recordings and interactive displays
  • 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 45 people)
Tour and afternoon tea, if option selected
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT England
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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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Theatre ticket entrance
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour takes 40 minutes, upon arrival you will join the next available tour, expected waiting time is half an hour.
  • During the peak theatre season (Mid-April to Mid-October) there may be occasions when the Globe Theatre Tours are unavailable due to matinee performances and rehearsals taking place. When the Globe Theatre Tours are not available, Shakespeare's Southwark Tours may be offered instead.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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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


311 Reviews
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Globe Trotting for the recommend!
, 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
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. .
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!
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.
Open ticket time
, 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.
A trip back in time
, 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.
Excellent Tour
, 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.
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!
Not enough information
, 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
Shakespeare Globe Tour & Tea wonderful! But NEVER book through Viator!!!!
, 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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