Shakespeare's Globe

Guided Tours & Exhibition

Discover Shakespeare's iconic theatre

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Globe Theatre Tour

Tickets from £17 (Concessions apply)

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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 last approximately 40 minutes, include entry to our Exhibition and are in English. Information sheets are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

As we are a working theatre, tour times vary due to performance schedules.

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Globe Theatre tours sometimes take place during rehearsals, giving you an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes. When actors are on stage, we kindly ask that you do not take photographs and that you follow any special instructions from our friendly tour guides.

Globe Theatre Family Tour

Globe Theatre Family Tours run at 11.30am Monday - Friday through the October half term (October 22 - 26, 2018).

The tour introduces younger visitors to Shakespeare's world. From blood and gore to poetry and prose, this tour will delight and disgust. Perfect for 7-11 year olds.*

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Also visit the Globe Exhibition for Shakespeare's Star, an exciting drawing challenge for all ages as part of the Big Draw series. Find out more

*All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Our Exhibition

Tickets from £6.50 (Concessions apply)

Based under the Globe Theatre, our Exhibition and accompanying audio guide explore the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. Throughout the year we present special exhibitions linked to the productions performing on our stages.

Read more about 'Othello, Shakespeare & Race', our current special exhibition, on the blog

Open all year round, 9.00am – 5.00pm, our Exhibition can be enjoyed on its own or alongside one of our Guided tours.

The audio guide includes up to an hour of informative content in nine languages* plus 45 minutes of specially-created audio tracks in English for younger visitors.

*Audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. Equivalent video content is available in British Sign Language with English subtitles. Developed in conjunction with Acoustiguide.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tour

Tickets from £13.50 (Concessions apply)

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.

Tours last approximately 30 minutes, include entry to our Exhibition and are in English. Tickets for this experience do not include entry to the Globe Theatre.

Playhouse tours are only available at specific times in the year. Check back for future tour dates.


Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour

Tickets from £13.50 (Concessions apply)

The Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour starts at the Globe Exhibition and delves into the history of Southwark as a theatre district during Shakespeare’s time. Your tour guide will transport you back to Elizabethan London highlighting interesting historical landmarks of the area, including the former locations of the original Globe and Rose theatres.

Tours last approximately 40 minutes, include entry to our Exhibition and are in English. Tickets for this experience do not include entry to the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare's Southwark tours are available most afternoons as an alternative to Globe Theatre Tours, when performances prevent access to the Theatre. Tickets are available at the entrance to our Exhibition. 


Visiting as a Group or School

Create an unforgettable experience for your group at Shakespeare's Globe. Combine your Guided Tour & Exhibition visit with one of many attractions along Bankside, live demonstrations of Elizabethan practices, or refreshments at the Swan Restaurant & Bar, to create the ultimate Shakespeare day out.

Groups of 15 people or more are required to pre-book their visit in advance and receive special entry rates to our Guided Tours & Exhibition.

Find out more & book your group visit