Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Take a step back in time with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Entrance to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Entrance to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre cc licensed photo by Tom Bastin

The present day theatre is a faithful replica of the original which was constructed by the banks of the Thames River in 1599, only to be burnt down during an accidental fire in 1613. It was rebuilt the next year but was destroyed again in 1644 due to opposition from the Puritans.

Opening in 1997, it is located just a short distance from the original site on the edge of the Thames River. The theatre has been recreated completely form English oak using construction methods similar to those of the original. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is open to the outdoors with only the spectator seating and stage areas being under cover.

Plays are held at the theatre from May until the beginning of October, however tours are available year round. The plays are performed without the use of electronic sound amplification, with all of the music being live.

Under a new program called Globe on Screen, many of the plays are filmed in high definition and subsequently shown at cinemas throughout the UK and several other countries.

You can enjoy free entry into the Globe Theatre if you have the London Pass.

For more information about the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: From: $29.97 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea

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.

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK

Phone: 020 7902 1400

Official Website: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District and Circle LinesMansion House10 Minutes
Northern and Jubilee LinesLondon Bridge10 MInutes
Central LineSt. Pauls12 Minutes

How to get to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre by Tube

From Mansion House Station exit onto Cannon Street and follow it to your left (west) continuing onto Queen Victoia Street until you get to Peter's Hill. Go left on Peter's Hill and walk across the Millenium pedistrian bridge. The Globe Theatre is right at the far end of the bridge on the Southbank.

From St. Paul's Station exit onto Cheapside and go right (south). Bear right onto New Change to Cannon Street. Cross Cannon and continue on Distaff Lane, then right on Queen Victoria Street and left on Peter Hill and walk across the Millenium pedistrian bridge.

From London Bridge Station exit onto Borough High/Southwark Street and go to your left, then stay right on Southwark Street, then right on Stoney Street, then left on Park Street, then left on Park Street (yes Park Street has a turn in it) then right on New Globe Walk.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Shakespeare's Globe Star Rating

5 Star Rating If you visit London, the Globe needs to be on your schedule. The tour was great, quite informative and engaging. And that is according to the 16 year old and nine year old. You get a great sense of the history and zeitgeist walking through the museum. It helped my whole family to appreciate the rest of our visit to London, as so much of what was happening at the Globe was commenting on the happenings of the day. Looking forward to actually seeing a production at the theater on our next visit.

Mark Di Sabato - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Premier theatre location - featuring some of the Bards greatest and indeed original work if we are to believe the architect of this more recent re-construction of the Elizabethan theatre. Has an indoor and outdoor theatre. Has great atmosphere and well worth a visit even if you don't end up going to the theater. There is lots to see and bargains to be had if you can see the afternoon shows. Fabulous!

Omer Moghraby - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating I had the most wonderful time here in the upper seated section. I have never actually watched a show here before and saw taming of the shrew. I would warn anyone who's tall that the front row of the seated section has very little leg room so be prepared to sit at an angle!

Francesca Baylis - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating We came over here from London Tower on the water bus, which in and of itself is pretty cool. The Globe has a museum underneath talking about plays back in Shakespeare's day and the guided tour. Both are worth the money, our guide was excellent and we got to go up to the top floors and down in front of the stage. I learned a lot and rather enjoyed it. Its definitely worth a stop.

John Vogt - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Even tho this building is only 20 years old or so, the construction was done in the same manner as was believed to be practiced in the old time. The building is really cool to see and I wish we could have caught one of their actual shows. By far the best part for me was our tour guide. I don't remember his name right now but his humor and passion for true theater really made this my favorite stop during our trip.

Ross Kyger IV - 1 month ago


2013 trailer for Globe On Screen

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