Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea
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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the reconstructed Globe Theatre on London's Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the Globe, and brings Shakespeare's world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations. Upgrade to enjoy a delicious  'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea at the theater's restaurant after your tour.
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In Brief

Location:
London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
Flexible
Operates:
Daily

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Visit the exciting and often dangerous world of Elizabethan London where in 1599, Bankside was the entertainment center of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theaters. Ordinary people flocked to see Shakespeare's plays and they laughed, cried, shouted abuse at the actors, ate and drank during the performances.

As a visitor to the Exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theaters of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time — from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore.

Listen to recordings from some of the most Shakespearean performances ever or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating clothes 400 years ago.

A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium. Journey through time to Elizabethan London with their colourful tales of the 1599 theater experience as well as the reconstruction process of the 1990s and how the wooden 'o' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option

After visiting the Globe, you can upgrade to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea — with a twist. Served at the Globe’s Swan restaurant, the tea is inspired by scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sip prosecco and your choice of tea, and indulge in a delectable selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes — many of which can be traced back to characters and food featured in the play. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Please note: If you’ve opted for the upgrade, please arrive by 11:45am (Monday to Saturday) or 10:45am (Sunday) to ensure you have enough time for the exhibition and tour before the afternoon tea.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (maximum 50 people)
  • Tour and afternoon tea, if option selected
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Itinerary

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea Sample Menu:

Sandwiches: 

• Herb fed lemon chicken, pea flower
• Smoked salmon, grape mustard and dill pancake
• Wild mushroom, whipped truffle cheese tart
• Duck egg mayonnaise, asparagusCakes and scones:

• Chocolate and violet chouquettes
• Lemon and rose cake
• Strawberry delice and elderflower meringue
• Hibiscus and apricot shot
• Mulberry scones and plain scones served with clotted cream and midsummer jam

Departure Time

Tours depart daily every 15 to 30 minutes (subject to change)

Globe Theatre Tours

November to February – Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

March to October – Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 12.00pm Sunday 9.30am to 11.00am Tour and Afternoon Tea  Monday to Saturday Globe Theatre Tour is at 12.00pm and the Afternoon Tea is served at 13:00 Sunday Globe Theatre Tour is at 12.00 pm and the Afternoon Tea is served at 12:00.

Important note: rehearsals will also take place throughout the Theatre Season. Please note that access to the Globe Theatre may be restricted.

Departure Point

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour takes 30-40 minutes, upon arrival you will join the next available tour, expected waiting time is half an hour in winter and 15 minutes in Summer
  • During the peak theatre season (April 23 - October 2), there may be occasions when the Globe tours are unable to run due to matinee performances and rehearsals taking place. When the Globe tours are not available, Rose or Bankside tours can be offered instead.

Booking Information

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very informative guide. I liked the whole experience. We watched the actors practice from the bench seating. Again open time ticket which made for relaxed day.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Globe is an amazing replica and definitely worth the visit. My boyfriend and I are both Engliish teachers but we still learned a lot on this tour.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Excellent tour of the Globe as well as great photo opportunities without other people being around. Gerrod was our tour guide and gave fantastic information; very humorous and entertaining, definitely learned quite a bit. We even got to watch a fight scene run-through since we were touring right before a 2pm show. The tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Afternoon tea was all set up through Viator which gave us such peace of mind. I was super impressed by everything. Our reservation for tea was amazing- the white tea (pear and ginger) was so delicious as well as all the cakes and sandwiches were perfect! We opted for the champagne which felt so fancy. The restaurant (The Swan) was beautiful with stunning views of the Thames and skyline. I made sure to print and bring the tickets for both the tour and tea, Viator made everything so smooth and easy. My husband and I had a wonderfully perfect London afternoon at the Globe, not to mention we saw the 7:30pm performance of Midsummer and laughed till we cried. It was a dream!
• Submitted 01 Aug 2019
However, would suggest you NEVER book through Viator! They do not allow digital tickets, only printed ones and they totally screwed up the schedule leaving us to fix things with the theatre after finding no tour existed at the time we were to be there. Highly recommend the experience, just not this booking company!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
Just what it says-everyone was efficient, polite, and knowledgeable. I got there early and they were happy to have me go with the 11 a.m. group. We got to watch several minutes of a rehearsal which was very interesting! After our tour, our guide directed us to the site of the original Globe, which is really just a block or so away.. I was also early for tea, which I understood was at 1:30, but they were all set up and took me at about 12:45. This was lovely. The room was charming, with an unbelievable view. The service fantastic, and the food tasty. A little pricey but the overall experience is really worth it!
• Submitted 06 May 2019
Fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour! Our guide was fun and very informative. Teatime was very nice at The Swan!!
• Submitted 02 May 2019
Very interesting! Jeremy was our guide and he was very captivating and knowledgeable!!! Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 07 Aug 2018
Took the magnificent tour and felt as if I was back in time.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Loved the Globe including the tour and historical explanations. Afternoon tea location was beautiful and food delicious!
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
As a Shakespeare nerd I was so excited to attend the Globe Theatre and see the wonderful work they have done trying to replicate the globe theatre for modern audiences. We had a very small tour six of us so we were able to have a lot more question time with the lovely guide and able to sit up in the top rung of seats. The little museum about Shakespearian London is also very interesting and a good way to pass the time before the tour starts. We will be returning in the summer so we can attend a performance at the Globe.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2018
The atmosphere and the information that was given was fantastic!
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
Very enjoyable tour, our guide was very informative and put some humor into the experienceGillian
• Submitted 05 Nov 2017
It was amazing to be inside this theater and imagine what was like back in the days.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
A little bit of a mix up with booking afternoon tea and exchanging the voucher. I included my home phone number as I didn't have my travel sim phone number when I booked. The Swan rang home Australia to confirm, I didn't know and so I rang number on voucher to see what was going on as its site said no seats available for afternoon tea. All was sorted and I had a tour at 11:30, but I was supposed to be there at 11 but didn't know and afternoon tea at 2:30. The tour and exhibition were great and afternoon tea was delicious.
• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
Entertaining guide brought the era to life.
• Submitted 07 Sep 2017
Excellent tour, excellent guide, amazing history, and truly worth the time!
• Submitted 30 Aug 2017
Wonderful tour, had the best tour guide and the tea was a wonderful experience along with seeing theatre the way it used to be back in the day
• Submitted 19 Aug 2017
Loved going to the theatre. Entire experience was great. Could really picture how it was and loved the theatre construction and exhibits. Didn't leave quite enough time as there's more to see than you think. Also a very short walk from there to the Tate gallery.
• Submitted 10 Aug 2017
We completely enjoyed seeing the theater and listening to the guide explain it and how it was back at that time. The tour was 30 minutes and afterward we went through the exhibit. I wish we had known that there was a performance after our tour so we could have attended it. Viator was wrong about the time to be there. But the local tour company was spot on and we went from the tour to the exhibit and then to tea. We would have been too early if we listened to Viator. The tea was in a nice hotel and very tasty and more than we could eat.
• Submitted 01 Aug 2017
A wonderful tour guide. Learnt a lot of interesting facts. Well worth it.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
The tour was quick and lovely. The tea was EXCEPTIONAL! The food and tea were delicious, service superb and views were fabulous!
• Submitted 20 Jul 2017
Really good tour!
• Submitted 19 Jul 2017
Tour was incredible
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
Our tour guide was hilarious. Not to miss.
• Submitted 24 May 2017

In Brief

Location:
London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
Flexible
Operates:
Daily

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