Enjoy fast-track entry to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the reconstructed historic 16th-century playhouse where Shakespeare worked. Included as a choice with your London Explorer Pass.

Your London Explorer Pass includes . . .

  • Fast-track entry
  • A guided behind-the-scenes tour
  • Access to permanent exhibitions

Discover the life and times of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, at the historic open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The building is a reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse, where the great Bard penned and performed many of his iconic plays.

You’ll learn about the life and times of Shakespeare of a guided tour, as well as finding out more about the struggle Sam Wanamaker underwent when recreating the theater from the 1599 original. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 but burned down in 1613, it was then rebuilt in 1614 but demolished in 1644. In 1997, the reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was opened meters away from the original site, on the banks of the River Thames, after extensive planning and construction pioneered by actor and director Sam Wanamaker.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Highlights

Exhibitions – Shakespeare’s Globe host a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Explore the history of the building, Elizabethan London, and more.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a Jacobean-era style jewel box indoor theater that stages performances throughout the year. 

Open-air stage – to maintain a true sense and authenticity of a Shakespearean performance, the Globe's iconic open-air stage does not have spotlights, microphones, or speakers. Staging, props and music are authentic and seating consists of wooden benches or standing-only space in the Yard.

Did You Know

  • The two big pillars on the stage are one oak tree each – builders had to research and measure a lot of trees to find the right dimensions.
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre holds 1,500 people, which is approximately half the number of the original Globe Theatre.
  • William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime, which works out to an average of 1.5 plays a year as he started writing in 1589.
  • Shakespeare had a curse inscribed upon his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon to discourage potential grave robbers from digging up his remains.
  • The original Globe theater burnt down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance. The only casualty was a man whose breeches had to be put out with a bottle of ale.


Using Your London Explorer Pass

Present your Explorer Pass at the admissions desks at the main entrance.

Please note: We recommend you plan your tour early and beat the crowds, between 09.00 and 10.30, for a better experience.

How to Get There

London Underground
Southwark – Jubilee line
Mansion House – District & Circle lines
St. Paul's – Central line

National Rail Network
London Bridge
Cannon Bridge

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your Explorer Pass for the Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!


March - October
Monday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 16.30)
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Friday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Sunday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 11.00)


Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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21 New Globe Walk Londra, SE1 9DT


020 7902 1500