Shakespeare’s Globe

The new Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt and demolished in 1644. The rebuild of Shakespeare’s Globe was initiated by Sam Wanamaker, a pioneering American actor, producer and director who wanted to dedicate this space to explore, perform and educate people about Shakespeare’s work. It was opened in June 1997, several years after his death. It is located on the south bank of the River Thames in Bankside is renowned for productions for Shakespeare and cutting edge new writing. The Shakespeare’s Globe site includes an open air theatre, Exhibition space and the Swan at the globe Bar and Brasserie.

The Globe Exhibition is a permanent fixture at the Globe, however, there are special temporary exhibitions that will run alongside the permanent exhibition throughout the year.

You can purchase tickets for a play online ( or via the Box Office (Telephone: 020 7401 9919)

Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tours run every half hour between 10.30am and 5pm every day (except 24th & 25th December). You do not need to pre-book but an adult ticket will set you back £13.50. Children, students and seniors are discounted. Children under 5 years of age are free.

How to get there:

Nearest Train & Underground Station: Blackfriars Station, Mansion House, Southwark and London Bridge

The closest station is Blackfriars Station or Mansion House on the north bank (opposite) of the Thames River. However, Southwark and London Bridge are also within close walking distance.

The Northern Line, Jubilee Line and overground trains from all over London and south England stop at London Bridge Station.

The Jubilee Line goes through Southwark tube station.

The District Line and the Circle Line go throughBlackfriars Station and Mansion House.


Nearest stops on the south bank of the Thames River are located at Lavington Street on Southwark Street, Great Guilford Street on Southwark Street, Southwark Bridge/Bankside Pier.

The nearest bus stop on the north bank of the Thames River is Millennium Bridge or Blackfriars Station.

RV1 (to/from Covent Garden & Tower Gateway), 381 (to/from Peckham), 344 (to/from Clapham Junction Station and Appold Street), 388 (to/from Hackney Wick and Blackfriars Station),


Bankside Pier is the closest pier for The River Bus. Catch the LR2.

The River Bus (do not confuse with The River Tour) will operate every 15-30 minutes and stop at Bankside Pier from London Eye, Embankment, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Woolwich Arsenal, Blackfriars and Greenwich.

Tip: purchase your ticket from the ticket office prior to boarding the boat. Adult tickets are £5.40 for Oyster holders.

Barclays Cycle Hire:

The nearest docking stations are located at New Globe Walk (near Shakespeare’s Globe), Bankside Mix on Southwark Street and Poured Lines on Southwark Street.

Another is located at Queen Victoria Street at St Paul’s on the north bank of the Thames River (walk over Millennium Bridge).

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