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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays.

The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition introduces visitors to all aspects of the Globe, historical and contemporary, including Sam Wannamaker's epic struggle to recreate the theatre from the 1599 original.

Look out for...

  • Reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse built In 1599
  • Authentic timber frame building with an open-air stage

Did You Know?

  • Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime – this works out as an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589
  • As well as being a playwright, Shakespeare was an accomplished actor, family man, property owner and manager of an acting company and theatre
  • The original theatre burnt down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance
  • His plays are associated with the Elizabethan times, yet most of his popular works were written in the Jacobean era
  • Although he was a famous playwright in London, in his hometown of Stratford he was a well-known businessman and property owner
  • At his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon, he put a curse on his epitaph daring anyone to move his bones to give way for more grave space, as was common at the time
  • To maintain the true sense of a Shakespearean play and experience, there are no spotlights, microphones, speakers or amplification and all music is performed live on period instruments

Museum Video

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • 21 New Globe Walk
  • Bankside
  • London
  • SE1 9DT


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • Blackfriars
    • Cannon Street
    • London Bridge
    • Mansion House
    • Southwark
    • St. Paul's
    • Waterloo

    National Rail

    • Blackfriars
    • London Bridge
    • Waterloo


    • Cannon Street

    Bus Numbers

  • 45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge 15, 17 to Cannon Street 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76 to Mansion House 381 , RV1 to Southwark Street 344 to Southwark Bridge Road


Adult £13.50
Child £8.00
Concession £12.00
Admission discounts
London Pass FREE entry
Open Hours
Monday 9:00am 17:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am 12:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am 12:30pm
Thursday 9:00am 12:30pm
Friday 9:00am 12:30pm
Saturday 9:00am 12:30pm
Sunday 9:00am 12:30pm
Bank Holidays 9:00am 11:00am

Contact Details

Phone 020 7902 1500
Website Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
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