Exhibition & Tour
Discover Shakespeare's iconic theatre
Theatre Tours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm, Sunday 9.30am – 11.30am, Monday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Exhibition: Monday to Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm
*Closures and notices
As we are a working theatre tours may not be available due to performances, rehearsals or events. Or your experience may be affected by technical work taking place in the theatre.
There will be no Globe Theatre tours on:
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August 2016
Please check the Calendar before your visit or call +44 (0)20 7902 1500 to find out about our latest opening times.
The Exhibition & Tour is closed on 24 & 25 December.
There is no need to pre-book for the Exhibition & Tour.
Tickets can be bought on the admissions desk on the day, every day.
Exhibition & Globe Theatre Tour
Senior (60+): £13.50
Student (with valid ID): £12.50
Children (5-15): £9.00
Children (Under 5): Free
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £41.00
Exhibition & Bankside Tour
Senior (60+): £10.50
Student (with valid ID): £10.00
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £34.00
Admission is free for Friends of Shakespeare's Globe. Find out more →
About the Exhibition & Tour
Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition & Tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.
For parties of 14 people or fewer there is no need to pre-book for the Exhibition & Tour. Tickets can be bought on the admissions desk on the day, every day. Groups of 15+ people need to book in advance. Read more →
Taking a Tour
Globe Theatre: Tours depart every 30 minutes
Our expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.
Tours are in English. Complimentary information sheets are currently available in the following languages: French | German | Spanish | Italian | Portuguese | Japanese | Chinese | Korean | Dutch | Russian | Romanian | Polish | Greek | Hungarian | Czech
Our Bankside Tour starts at Shakespeare’s Globe and delves into the history of Bankside as a theatre district during Shakespeare’s time. Our guide will transport you back to Elizabethan London highlighting interesting historical landmarks in the area and show you the locations of the original Globe Theatre and The Rose Theatre. The Rose Theatre was built in 1587, 12 years before Shakespeare’s original Globe. The Rose is the only Elizabethan playhouse that has been excavated on a large scale by archaeologists in 1989. There may also be an opportunity to access the archaeological site of The Rose Theatre.
Visiting the Exhibition
Based under the Globe Theatre, our engaging and informative Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. Imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses.
Exhibition Audio Guide
The Exhibition audio guide, developed in conjunction with Acoustiguide, offers up to an hour of additional insights into Elizabethan playgoing and aspects of performance at Shakespeare’s Globe today. It is included in the standard admission price and is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.
Alongside the permanent Exhibition, we also have special temporary Exhibitions that change throughout the year.
In September 2014 the Librarian in Saint-Omer stumbled across a book on the shelves which turned out to be a hitherto unknown copy of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. Before the discovery only 232 copies were known to have survived. The world can now boast a 233rd. The Saint-Omer Folio will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition (included in your ticket to the Globe Exhibition & Tour) which will place the 1623 volume in context of other important folios of the time. This display has been made possible by Bibliothèque d’Agglomération de Saint-Omer, Dulwich College, UCL Library Services, and York Minster Library.
Visiting as a Group or School
Groups of 15 people or more receive special entry rates to the Exibition & Tour. Groups are required to pre-book their visit.
Create an unforgettable experience by combining your visit to the Globe Exhibition & Tour with one of many attractions along Bankside, plus live demonstrations of Elizabethan practices, and refreshments, to make a fun-filled half day or full day out.
Shakespeare's Globe welcomes Travel Trade partners, for whom we offer special entry rates to the Exhibition & Tour. Email us for more information →