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.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Very interesting! Jeremy was our guide and he was very captivating and knowledgeable!!! Would highly recommend!
Took the magnificent tour and felt as if I was back in time.
Loved the Globe including the tour and historical explanations. Afternoon tea location was beautiful and food delicious!
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.
The atmosphere and the information that was given was fantastic!
Very enjoyable tour, our guide was very informative and put some humor into the experienceGillian
It was amazing to be inside this theater and imagine what was like back in the days.
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.
This tour was amazing!
Tour was ok. Process was poor. Even thought we had tickets via viator, we had to wait in line 30 minutes and were told it was too late for the optional tea. Viator and The Globe gave conflicting information that resulted in an abbreviated visit.
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.