GUIDED TOURS

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Shakespeare's Southwark Tour

Shakespeare’s Southwark tours are available as an alternative to the Globe Theatre Tour, when performances prevent access to the Theatre. 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 are in English and last approximately 40 minutes. Tickets from £13.50 (concessions apply), available on the door from the Bankside entrance.

VISITING WITH A GROUP OF 15 OR MORE?

Create an unforgettable experience for your group at Shakespeare’s Globe. Combine your Guided Tour 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 rates to our Guided Tours with every 16th person going free.

Can one desire too much of a good thing?

— As You Like It, Act IV, scene 1

Find out more about our tour packages and demonstrations. Our additional group options offer a great way to immerse groups in the history of Shakespeare’s London and his performances. Enhance your visit with a variety of tour add ons, and if you need help deciding why not take a look at our example experience packages.

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TOUR PACKAGES FOR GROUPS

EXPERIENCE  ALL THAT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE HAS TO OFFER WITH OUR RANGE OF GUIDED TOURS.

ALL TOUR OPTIONS CAN BE COMBINED WITH A SERIES OF EXTRAS TO CREATE A BESPOKE PACKAGE TAILORED TO YOUR TOUR GROUP. this CAN include food & drink, historical demonstrations and access to other local attractions.

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Globe Theatre Tour

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.

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Shakespeare's Southwark Tour

Delve into the history of Bankside as a theatre district with our Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour. Your guide will transport you back to Elizabethan London, highlighting interesting historical landmarks of the area including the original site of The Globe and the archaeological remains of The Rose, Bankside’s first theatre. Entry does not include a tour of the Globe Theatre.

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tour

Explore 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. Entry does not include a tour of the Globe theatre.

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Shakespeare's Southwark & Globe Theatre Tour

Our tour guides take you on a discovery of this Elizabethan entertainment district and some of its most notable places, including the locations of the original Globe and Rose theatres.

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sam Wanamaker & Globe Theatre Tour

Completing your tour of the reconstructed Globe Theatre, you can discover 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.

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GROUP PRICES PER PERSON

Ticket and tour type Adult Child (5-15 yrs) Senior (60+ yrs) Student (with valid ID)
Globe Theatre Tour £16.00 £9.00 £14.50 £12.50
Shakespeare’s Southwark Tour £12.50 £8.50 £11.50 £10.00
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tour £12.50 £8.50 £11.50 £10.00

INTRODUCING THE DISCOVER TICKET

If you are a student group aged 18 or under visiting for a Globe tour you can now add a Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and/or Shakespeare Southwark tour to your visit at the special group rate of £5.50 per student. Adult rates apply.
This ticket is only available when combined with a Globe Tour.

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EXAMPLE EXPERIENCE PACKAGES FOR GROUPS

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT WITH ONE OF OUR TAILOR-MADE EXPERIENCES. 

ALL TOUR OPTIONS CAN BE COMBINED WITH A SERIES OF EXTRAS TO CREATE A BESPOKE PACKAGE TAILORED TO YOUR TOUR GROUP. this CAN include food & drink, historical demonstrations and access to other local attractions.

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Elizabethan Experience

Adding to our Globe Theatre and Shakespeare’s Southwark package, the popular Elizabethan Experience also includes an Elizabethan Dressing demonstration. Our guide will explain the intricacies of dressing and the significance of clothing in Elizabethan society. This can also include in a tasty cream tea of scones with jam and clotted cream, served with tea and coffee. Refreshments will be served in the Swan Bar with stunning views across the Thames to St Paul’s cathedral.

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Globe Theatre & Tate Modern

In addition to the Globe Theatre Tour, explore Tate Modern to see its collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day. Choose from 3 different themed gallery tours: General Highlights, Interpreting Modern Art and Architectural. This experience can also be supplemented with optional extras such as lunch or an afternoon tea.

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A Long View of London

Start off your group visit with our Globe Theatre Guided Tour. The focus of the Tour is London’s Elizabethan and Shakespearean history, as well as exploring the modern Globe’s place in this timeline. Your group will then set off for a session at The View from the Shard where you will have the opportunity to visit the 69th and 72nd floors and see how the landscape of London has changed.

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GROUP DEMONSTRATIONS

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Elizabethan Dressing

Do you know the origin of the phrases ‘straight-laced’, ‘loose women’ or ‘pin money’? Find out as we dress someone from your group as a Shakespearean character and discuss the significance of clothing in Elizabethan society. Maximum of 45 people per demonstration.
Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Price per demonstration: £130
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Shakespeare's Use of Stage Fighting

Watch an exciting demonstration of Elizabethan stage combat techniques. This includes an explanation of how stage fighting was used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in Early Modern plays. Maximum of 45 people per demonstration.
Duration: approx. 40 minutes

Price per demonstartion: £130
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Printing the Plays

Hardly anything written in Shakespeare’s hand survives today: we have his plays and poems only because they were printed as books. Using a full-size recreation of a 17th century printing press, we’ll show you the amazingly sophisticated methods behind making books. Discover the remarkable and precarious journey of playwrights ’words from the stage to the page. Maximum of 25 people.
Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Price per demonstration: £65
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Globe Theatre Guided Tour

Our expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of Shakespeare's iconic Globe Theatre.

Globe Theatre Family Tour

Globe Theatre
Lift the lid on Shakespeare's London in these playful family tours for ambitious explorers, young and old.