Exhibition & Tour
Discover Shakespeare's iconic theatre
Open Monday – Sunday
During the summer, Exhibition & Tour times vary due to performances.
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+): £14.50
Student (with valid ID): £12.50
Children (5-15): £9.00
Children (Under 5): Free
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £43.00
Bankside and Playhouse Tours
Senior (60+): £11.50
Student (with valid ID): £10.00
Children (5-15): £8.00
Children (Under 5): Free
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £36.00
Admission is free for Members.
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Receive a £2 discount off individual Exhibition & Tour admission with your theatre ticket. Please present your theatre ticket on arrival to qualify for this discount.
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.
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. Please check the Calendar before your visit or call +44 (0)20 7902 1500 to find out about our latest opening times.
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. Check times →
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 French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.
Bankside Tours: Tours depart every 30 minutes. Check times →
Our guides will take you on a tour of Bankside and nearby streets to sites with which Shakespeare would have been familiar. Bankside was the notorious entertainment district of Elizabethan London, inspiring actors, artists and audiences 400 years ago as much as it does today: your guide will highlight some of its historical landmarks, including the sites of the original playhouse, the Globe and the Rose. Tours last about 40 minutes.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tours: 24, 29 June, 5, 7, 8 and 9 July, 30 September, 1:30pm – 5.00pm.
Our guides will take you on 30-minute guided tour of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, our indoor theatre. Discover the impact on Shakespeare's writing in his late plays, the role of music, how the intricate details of our theatre were painstakingly researched from contemporary Tudor and Jacobean buildings such as Hatfield House, and wonder at the remarkable craftsmanship. Ticket includes admission to the Exhibition. Book tickets →
Visiting the Exhibition
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. Equivalent video content is available in British Sign Language with English subtitles. Up to 45 minutes of specially-created audio tracks in English and a printed Family Trail are also included for younger visitors.
Closures and Notices
Monday 24 July: rehearsals for Plan B will be taking place this day, which include strobe and laser lighting, smoke and strong language.
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 2017.
Phoebus Cart’s Tempest: The Cycle of Initiation
Phoebus Cart’s production of The Tempest in 1991 was a radical experiment to present an immersive performance experience – for both the audience and the actors. It was an open-air promenade performance that took place in three unique arenas across England, including the building site of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. This display consists of loans from the personal archives and collections of Mark Rylance and Jenny Tiramani, shown alongside exhibits from the Globe Archives. Included in admission to the Globe Exhibition until 31 May 2017.
Nell Gwynn & The Attitudes: The Art of Acting
Complementing the return of our production of Nell Gwynn in the Globe Theatre, a selection of striking images exploring ‘The Attitudes’ from an ongoing project by photographer Michael Wharley is displayed in the Globe’s foyer until 21 May 2017. The project features a number of actors from the Nell Gwynn company, and is raising awareness for theatre charity Acting for Others.
Visiting as a Group or School
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.