Tickets for Shakespeare's Globe: Guided Tour + A Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea

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Duration: Guided tour: 40 minutes. Total experience including the afternoon tea: 2 hours
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish
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  • Revel in the marvellous recreation of the Bard's theatre, along with its educational center and permanent exhibition
  • Enjoy a soothing Midsummer Night's Dream themed afternoon tea with splendid views of the Thames, prosecco and foods based on those eaten in the play!
  • Interactive, entertaining, and educational programs designed to extol Shakespeare in all of his incarnations

To tea or not to tea? That is the question! This 40-minute guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe is particularly poetic when accompanied by that most English activity: an elegant afternoon tea with a A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme, featuring foods the characters eat in the play.

Shakespeare could take you to any time or place he wanted with just words - many of which he coined. So it's fitting that Shakespeare's Globe (built in 1599) is such a magnificent recreation of the theatre where his plays were first performed. Its faithful Tudor exterior and thatch roof (the only one in London) are preludes to the theatre itself, which has been reconstructed in authentic 16th-century detail.

Stepping inside is just like stepping back into the Elizabethan era. You’ll see how theatre was experienced in the 1600s - the standing area for the working-class groundlings (they literally stood on the ground) and the tiered, wooden seating for the monied members of society. From the colourful glory days to the reconstruction process that began in the 1990s, to how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theatre space, your guide will reveal all.

Enjoy exciting live demonstrations in the Guided Tour Welcome and Demonstration Space, at various times throughout the day, which include Elizabethan clothing, stage fighting, and play-printing using a replica 17th-century printing press.

And, after the tour: the final act. Afternoon tea in the elegant Swan Bar, with its beautiful views of the Thames and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Themed as per A Midsummer Night's Dream, you’ll enjoy classics that are mentioned in the play - think mulberries (the tree under which Pyramus and Thisbe agree to meet), apricots Titania feeds to Bottom, pea flower (the flower from which Oberon’s love potion is squeezed) and a host of sweet and savoury delights.

Did we mention the bespoke crockery, reflecting the themes of the play? It's been specially designed by illustrator Annika Wester. Oh, and there's a glass of English Hush Heath Sparkling to sip too. As Shakespeare said: "Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used." And the wine in this case, is very well used.

Insider tip

All the world's a stage. Except for the tea room, that's just for tea.

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What's included
Access to the Shakespeare's Globe
40-minute guided tour in English
Guided tour language sheets available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
Live demonstrations throughout the day in the interpretation and demonstration space
Themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea served at the Swan Bar & Restaurant and Cafe of Shakespeare’s Globe
A glass of English Hush Heath Sparkling during the afternoon tea
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Getting There

  • Metro: Any metro to Blackfriars, London Bridge, Southwark or St. Paul's
  • Train: Any train to Blackfriars, London Bridge, Cannon Street or Waterloo
  • Bus: Any bus to Blackfriars Bridge, Cannon Street, Mansion House, Southwark Street or Southwark Bridge Road
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
  • Show your smartphone ticket to the cashier at the entrance. Please arrive on time for you selected timeslot
  • You can enjoy your afternoon tea directly after the tour
Opening hours
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 09:00 - 11:00
Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
How to get there
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21,New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT, London
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Ratings & reviews
8 Reviews
Oct 22, 2018
The tour of Shakespeare's Globe was a bit boring but the tea experience was wonderful!
Aug 22, 2018
Great experience, really worth it!
Aug 20, 2018
The tea is amazing. But the tour is rather disappointing

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