Make your way to Greenwich Pier, the London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, or Westminster Pier, then jump aboard your sightseeing boat to begin your tour. With cruises departing every 30 minutes from 10am throughout the year, enjoy the freedom to take to the water at your leisure.
During your Thames River sightseeing cruise, admire top London attractions such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Westminster Bridge from your vantage point on the river. All boats have toilets, bars to buy refreshment (own expense), confectionery, and snacks, and an upper viewing deck for photo opportunities.
Afterward, alight from your sightseeing boat in central London and visit the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre — the world’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition devoted to poet and playwright William Shakespeare.
During your visit, discover the secrets of Elizabethan special effects — from blood and gore to magic tricks — and enjoy live demonstrations including sword-fighting and costume dressings. Explore the theater — a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse first built in 1599 — and learn of the many Shakespearean plays performed here.
1: City Cruises Westminster Pier, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK
2: City Cruises Greenwich Pier, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT, UK
3: City Cruises Tower Pier, Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT, UK
Cruises depart daily from 10am. Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm. The Shakespeare's Globe tour runs every 30 minutes from 9:30am
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
The Globe Theater was a great tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He included many a history lesson on London while showing us the theater. We purchased this tour in conjunction with the hop on/hop off river cruise. LOVED the river cruise. We boarded at Westminister early in the morning and our crew was lively, informative, and kept up a commentary on the places we passed. Very interesting history. It should be noted that the river cruise no longer stops at the advertised location that is close to the Globe Theater so we actually had to exit at a different stop and call an Uber to take us to the Theater. Minor inconvenience, but not what we had expected. We rode the cruise all the way to Greenwich and stayed there for about 2 hours exploring this wonderful little town that we really knew nothing about. Wish we could have stayed a bit longer, but we had other things to do that day. The crew on the return cruise was not as involved with the passengers and did not provide much commentary on the sights. I highly recommend the cruise and that you take advantage of the stops along the way to explore the areas.
So interesting and there is so much to see. Lovely tour. Fresh pastries at the snack center.
I was surprised to discover the cruise ticket was a two day pass to go on the cruises all day!
Amazing. Could not finish our tour unfortunately as we had an appointment to get to however, this is once place I would return to watch a play too. This is well worth going to.
Nice river cruise and tour of the Globe Theater. We are happy we did it.
Very enjoyable tour. Timing was flexible and we could visit the exhibition and take the cruise a time that suit our schedule.
The Globe and globe tour was most excellent, no complaints.The tour guide on the boat was likewise informative and entertaining.I take off two full stars b/c the write up advertises that you can disembark on the pier right outside the Globe and YOU CANNOT. We had to get off at the tower of London and hoof it back to the Globe, not exactly a short hike. Otherwise, I'd rate 5/5.
The Globe was impressive and the guide, they provided, was a bit pretentious, but maybe that was to be expected.It is a place to see if you love the theater.
The bad part was that no place in the booking process did it say the Themes Cruise didn't stop at the Globe until later in the season and after our trip. That should have been made more clear!
There were some glitches. The print out from Viator was not recognized by the folks on the ship. After wandering from ship to ship we were directed to a ticket area. The host did not, in fact, stop near the Globe. No one on the boat had heard of our particular ticket. We got off at the Tower slip and walked to the Globe. Trying to return we were told the boat slip by the Globe would not go back to Westminster. Threw in the towel and walked to the tubes in Blackfriars. Globe tour was awesome. Boat was nice. Do them separately and buy them on the day when you are there.
I was not able to do the tour as it was closed for renovation.
Enjoy a different view with City Cruises!
Explore Shakespeare's London and admire top city attractions from the waves on this Globe Theatre tour and Thames River sightseeing cruise. Hop-on and hop-off your Thames River cruise from any of the four conveniently located piers as many times as you like for 24 hours. Take in famous landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, visit William Shakespeare’s world-famous Globe Theatre and the Exhibition — where London’s Elizabethan-era plays and dramas are brought to life.