A woman wearing a mask is greeted by a woman behind a plastic screen


Familiarise yourself with our safety measures before you visit

We can’t wait to welcome you to Shakespeare’s Globe! This page lists everything you need to know about visiting us during the Covid-19 / Coronavirus outbreak.

We are confident that the procedures we have in place meet Government guidelines and will make you feel safe during your visit. As well as accessing the information on this web page, you will also receive an email from us ahead of your visit which will detail everything again for you in one place.

Below there’s specific guidance for:

This page was last updated on Tuesday 30 November 2021.



Please ensure you pre-book for any activity before arriving on site.

Digital tickets

We are only issuing digital tickets at present. You will receive clear instructions from us about how these work via email. Upon arrival, show your digital ticket on a device. You do not need to print your tickets (unless you do not have a mobile device that can display it).


We only accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Cash not accepted.

Face coverings

It is mandatory for all visitors to wear a face covering at all times during their visit, including throughout performances, unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering, are under the age of 11 or when eating or drinking.

Social distancing

We encourage a safe social distance between people at all times – this is enforced by staff and visible markers. Please follow any one-way or other directional signage that we have put in place for your safety.

Hand sanitising

We have hand sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning throughout public areas, including the toilets.


Usual security measures are in place, cloakrooms are closed and no large bags are allowed on-site.

Feeling unwell?

If you or any of your household are feeling unwell, showing Covid-19 symptoms or have been told to self-isolate, please do not visit us. Contact us and we can move your ticket(s) to another date.

Test and Trace

We will store your data for 21 days following your visit as part of Test and Trace – it will be held securely in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.


Staff have been trained to support you at this time. They sanitise hands regularly, wear see-through face-shields, may wear gloves and may be behind perspex at times. Know that we are here to help.


This page was last updated on Tuesday 30 November 2021.


Arrive 10–15 minutes prior to your tour time. Allow plenty of extra time in case there are delays or changes affecting your route.

Come to the main entrance on New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT where a staff member will greet you. It is mandatory for everyone to wear a face covering at all times during the Guided Tour unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering or are under the age of 11.


Once checked-in, you will be guided from the main foyer to the outdoor Piazza and then the open-air Yard of the Globe Theatre.

You will be shown where to exit at the end of the tour.


For group bookings, you will receive one digital ticket for the entire group – please show this on your device.


This page was last updated on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

A wide angled shot of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its ornate painting ceiling depicting the Goddess Luna and clouds, hanging candelabra, and panelled painted doors.

It is mandatory for all visitors to wear a face covering at all times during their visit, including throughout the performance, unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering, are under the age of 11 or when eating or drinking.

We also require all audience members to show one of the following on arrival:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. This may be demonstrated by the NHS COVID Pass, available in the NHS App.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (either lateral flow or PCR) taken within 48 hours of your visit. You can also visit the nearest COVID-19 test walk-in centre at London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street Exit, SE1 9QU

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any further queries, please contact us.


You will be given a specified time slot and a specified location to arrive at – this will be either:

  • The main entrance to Shakespeare’s Globe on New Globe Walk, or,
  • The Groundling Gates on Bankside (opposite the river, the same entrance for the Globe Theatre Guided Tour).

Download map.

These instructions for arrival time slot and location will be sent to you in an email.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Our indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is fitted with a remote air quality monitoring system that continuously measures the live air quality and flow. The React-Air Impact UVC units are situated inside the venue to neutralise and eliminate airborne viruses and bacteria, including Covid-19.

Digital tickets

Your digital tickets for the performance will become available to you in the ‘My events’ section of your online account. You can show these on a mobile device when you arrive. We’ll also send them via text message to your mobile number (if we have this within your account) on the morning of your event.


For group bookings, you will receive separate individual digital tickets for each member of the group – please show these on your device when you arrive.

Eating & drinking

Please pre-order drinks and snacks before you arrive via your online account – do this before 6.00pm on the day of the performance. You will be able to collect your pre-orders on your way to your seats.

You can also use your online account to pre-book dining options at Swan Bar & Restaurant.

Cushion hire

As we’re currently unable to offer cushion hire, you’re welcome to bring your own small cushions to give your seats that extra little padding. But don’t forget that we have our usual bag size restrictions in place.


A school group walking into the yard of the Globe Theatre

Everything you need to plan a safe visit ‘in your school’ workshops or ‘online’ sessions with Shakespeare’s Globe.



A group of staff stand outside a restaurant with a small distance between them all

Swan Bar & Restaurant has been fully audited by Food Alert, and their Covid-19 safety practices have been approved and published on their website.

Please note that there is no access between Shakespeare’s Globe and Swan, you will need to use different entrances and exits for both venues.



Please let us know in advance if you or anyone in your party has any physical access requirements (such as step-free or wheelchair access).

For Guided Tours there is a box in the booking process you can write in. For theatre performances please sign up for our Access Scheme.

If you have any other access requirements (such as needing a Touch Tour or a BSL interpreter), please email us before booking, so we can discuss what adjustments we can put in place.


A map of the Shakespeare’s Globe site showing our two separate entrances (Bankside and New Globe Walk).

A map shows two entrances to a theatre, one called ‘Groundling Gates Entrance’ and the other, round the corner, says ‘Main Entrance New Globe Walk’


Once you have pre-booked your ticket for any on-site activity, we will communicate with you via email to prepare you for your visit.

Do contact us if you have any questions, but rest assured that if any guidance changes between your booking and your visit, we will notify you by email. 



We have received Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ accreditation and been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s  ‘See It Safely’ Mark.