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Exhibition & Tour

Discover Shakespeare's iconic theatre

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Open Monday – Sunday

During the summer, Exhibition & Tour times vary due to performances.

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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

Adult: £16.00 
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

Adult: £12.50 
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

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. 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

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.

 

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.

Special Exhibitions

Alongside the permanent Exhibition, we also have special temporary Exhibitions that change throughout the year.

 

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.

 

Read more about Special Exhibitions, past and present, on the blog →

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.

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Travel Trade

Shakespeare's Globe welcomes Travel Trade partners, for whom we offer special entry rates to the Exhibition & Tour. Email us for more information →