Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour

Situated on London’s Bankside, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre reconstructs the original building that housed Shakespeare's theatre in London: an open-air playhouse where the playwright penned his greatest work.

The London Pass The Globe is a reconstruction of Shakespeare's historic 16th-century open-air playhouse. Normally £17.00 - Included with London Pass

Explore this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare's iconic Globe Theatre: once the centre of London's famous Bankside entertainment district. 

Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour with The London Pass®

- Pay nothing at the door - simply show your pass.
- Step inside Sam Wanamaker's faithful reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre.
- Relive the enchantment of Shakespeare's plays in an authentic setting.
- Take part in guided tours to discover the history and construction of this incredible building.


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- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre history

- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre highlights

- Shakespeare's Globe facts

- Don't miss

- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there



Shakespeare's Globe Theatre history

The original Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre. It was built by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker close to the original site - just 230 metres away.

Throughout the year, expert guides bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life in a 40-minute guided tour. You'll hear stories of the original Globe, learn all about its reconstruction process in the 1990s, and find out how the building works today as an experimental theatre space. Take a seat 'within this wooden O' – listen, absorb and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold. Enjoy exciting live demonstrations in the public space at various times throughout the day, which include Elizabethan clothing dressings, stage fighting, and printing the plays using a replica 17th-century press.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre highlights

  • A reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse, built in 1599.

  • Take in an authentic timber frame building with an open-air stage.

  • For the authenticity of a Shakespearean play, there are no spotlights, microphones, speakers or amplification. All music is performed live on period instruments.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre facts

  • Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime – this works out as an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589.

  • As well as being a playwright, Shakespeare was an accomplished actor, family man, property owner and manager of an acting company and theatre.

  • The original theatre burned down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance.

  • His plays are associated with the Elizabethan times, yet he created most of his popular works in the Jacobean era.

  • Although he was a famous playwright in London, in his hometown of Stratford, he was a well-known businessman and property owner.

  • Shakespeare put a curse on his epitaph at his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. He dared anyone to move his bones to make room for more grave space. A common practice at the time.

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Don't miss

A Midsummer Night's Dream
4 September – 13 October

Four brawling lovers. A dispute of increasingly magical proportions. Discover a play that's as much about determination as it is about chaos, havoc and comedy. Dramatic poetry, mischief and merriment, A Midsummer Night's Dream has it all. New technicolour production of Shakespeare's raucous comedy comes to vivid life in our ultra-live and magical wooden O. 

Bartholomew Fair
3 September – 12 October

This summer (and a bit of autumn) the Shakespeare's Globe is re-opening the doors to the most controversial fair in town. Candles will be snuffed out. Windows flung wide. And a radical reimagining of Ben Johnson's Bartholomew Fair will take place. Expect an excess of drink, lack of morals and some dishonourable London characters you won't forget.

The Merry Wives of Windsor
9 September – 12 October

To improve his financial situation, Sir John Falstaff sets about trying to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford in this play abundant with double-meaning, disguises and scandal. When the Merry Wives find out about John's scheme, they decide to play a game or two of their own. The only comedy that Shakespeare set in England, the play showcases influences from 1930s British fashion, music and dance.  

Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur
7 September – 11 October

Two Harrys, Harry Hotspur and Prince Hal, take on their fathers: Henry Percy and King Henry IV. In this thought-provoking Shakespearean play, a choice is made as to what truth to believe and at what cost.

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Know before you go

  • Tour sheets are available in multiple languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese. Ask upon arrival to make the most of the visit.

  • Want to take a tour? Globe Theatre Tours every half hour. Go early, between 09.00 and 10.30, to avoid the crowds. Groups of 15+ must book in advance at this attraction.

  • Your London Pass does not include the cost of plays at this attraction. Book your tickets before you travel. As Shakespeare's Globe is a working theatre, opening times are subject to change.

  • This attraction has a bag size policy: avoid taking large bags to ensure admission.

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Getting in

Present your Pass at the admissions desk at the Guided Tours entrance.

Shakespear's Globe Theatre is open Monday from 9.30 and Tuesday - Sunday from 9.00.



Make the most of your London Pass®

  • While you're in the area, why not visit other included attractions along the Thames and South Bank such as the HMS Belfast?

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How to get there

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

Train

Blackfriars - 10-minute walk.
London Bridge - 15-minute walk.
Cannon Street - 15-minute walk.
Waterloo - 25-minute walk.

Bus
- 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.

 

For more things to do in London, check out The London Pass® Blog or read more about this attraction here.

 

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Testimonial

"Being a fan of the Bard I had wanted to visit the Globe for some time. Finally got round to it, and what a treat it was. The tour guide, Vicky, brought the location and the Elizabethan period to life with informative and fun descriptions and anecdotes. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learnt a lot".

- Richard from Cagliari, Italy.

 Image credit: John Wildgoose

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Getting to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour

Getting to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour

  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour 21 New Globe Walk Bankside London SE1 9DT
  • Closest Underground Station London Bridge
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop SW & SQ; Route 381 N343 N381 RV1

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Opening Times

March - October (Check with venue for seasonal opening times)
Monday 09.30 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 16.30)
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Friday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Sunday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 11.00)

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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