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Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition is open all year round, 9.00am – 5.00pm. Our Globe Theatre tours depart every 30 minutes. As we are a working theatre, tours may not be available due to performances, rehearsals or events, and tours may be affected by technical work in the theatre.

Tour times:
Monday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 11.30am* 

Tickets are available on the day, but availability may be limited during the summer. Save time and book online to reserve your ticket.

You can also call +44 (0)20 7902 1500 to find out about our latest opening times.

*Please note: On Sunday 2 September there will be no tours available and the Exhibition will only be accessible as part of Sonnet Sunday.

 

About Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition


Open all year round, the Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.

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. 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.

Tours are in English. Complimentary information sheets are currently available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Japanese. It will last approximately 40 minutes.

Groups of 15+ people need to book in advance. Read more →

About Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tour & Globe Exhibition


Opened in 2014, and named after the Globes founder, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse explores the experiences of actors and audiences in indoor playhouses in contrast to the more expansive, public spaces of the open-air theatres like the Globe. Discover the impact on Shakespeares writing in his late plays and more on this unique tour.

As we are a working theatre, tours are only available on certain days during the summer:

Wednesday 9 May, Saturday 26 May, Sunday 27 May
Saturday 3 June, Wednesday 6 June
Tuesday 3 July, Saturday 14 July
Saturday 4 August, Sunday 5 August, Wednesday 8 August, Sunday 26 August
Wednesday 5 September, Sunday 9 September, Sunday 16 September, Sunday 23 September, Saturday 29 September

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For specific tour times, please see the schedule for more information. Tours last 30 minutes and are in English. Your visit will include entrance to the Exhibition and a free audio guide. Tickets for this experience do not include entry to the Globe Theatre.

About Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour & Globe Exhibition


Discover the archaeological site of Bankside’s first theatre, The Rose, including a walking tour along Bankside that highlights the interesting historical landmarks. Entry is also included to the Exhibition, but does not include a tour of the theatre.

Prices

Globe Theatre Tour & Globe Exhibition:


On the Door Price
Valid until
31 October 2018
Adult
 
£17.00
Child
(5 - 15 yrs)
£10.00
Senior
(60+ yrs)
£15.50
Student
(with valid ID)
£13.50
Family
(up to 2 adults & 3 children)
£46.00

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.


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tour & Globe Exhibition:


Valid until
31 October 2018
Adult
 
£13.50
Child
(5 - 15 yrs)
£9.00
Senior
(60+ yrs)
£12.50
Student
(with valid ID)
£11.00
Family
(up to 2 adults & 3 children)
£39.00

 

Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour & Globe Exhibition:


Valid until
31 October 2018
Adult
 
£12.50
Child
(5 - 15 yrs)
£8.00
Senior
(60+ yrs)
£11.50
Student
(with valid ID)
£10.00

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.


Globe Exhibition Only Prices:


Valid until
31 October 2018
Adult
 
£6.50
Child
(5 - 15 yrs)
£4.50
Senior
(60+ yrs)
£6.00
Student
(with valid ID)
£5.50
Family
(up to 2 adults & 3 children)
£18.00

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.

Please check the online 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 2018.

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.

 

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 Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition. Groups are required to pre-book their visit.

 

Create an unforgettable experience by combining your visit to the Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition 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 Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition.
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