Friday, 6 June 2014

Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Bridge Experience: Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne

Still Day One, and more sight-seeing around London!

Shakespeare's Globe


My initial reaction to The Globe, venue for the original performances of Shakespeare's plays, was surprise that it was still standing. Then I found out that in fact it has been rebuilt which, while disappointing, makes more sense. In any case, I have added The Globe to my list of must-sees.

The Globe is currently used for theatre performances! It also houses an exhibition exploring the life of Shakespeare and his contemporary London in addition to the theatre itself.

The London Bridge Experience

I read somewhere that this was one of the best tourist experiences in London, and so I thought we should definitely go, and now I find myself reconsidering...

The London Bridge Experience explores London's 'gruesome history', and purports to take you back in time with the Romans, the Vikings and even an odd pickpocket or two. The bit about Queen Boudicca certainly sounds interesting, and while I'm absolutely interested in William Wallace I wonder how suitable his fate is for small children... Well, the London Bridge Experience looks a little creepy, but while they don't allow children on the optional London Tours tour (which I am definitely not interested in) they don't exclude or warn them off the London Bridge Experience, so maybe it will be OK...

The Experience also covers Viking King Olaf's rule, the shops of old London Bridge, the Great Fire of London, Jack the Ripper and Hell's Portal. It certainly looks like an action-packed 45 minutes!

About Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne

Ciara Ballintyne is visiting Scotland in 2016 - join her on a virtual tour Scotland and other parts of Great Britain as she plans her trip. Tell her where you think she should visit!

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A M Guynes-Annikka Woods said...

The London Bridge Experience doesn't sound pleasant, though it does sound interesting. I'd be kind of worried about taking children on it because of how gruesome some of those things sound. I'd like to see the Globe Theater too. Maybe catch a play there. And learning more about Shakespeare would also be fun.

Ciara Ballintyne said...

I'd love to do the London Bridge Experience, but I think that one will have to be an assess as we get there kind of thing.

Simon Tall said...

The globe is a faithful reconstruction of the theatre that Shakespeare's plays were performed in on the same site by the Thames - you will see it from Millennium bridge (see my other post about walking from St. Paul's). If you want to see a play there I would book tickets in advance and be warned - you have to stand through the performance (no seats), just like the Elizabethans would have done, and if it rains you are likely to get wet!
Not sure about the London bridge experience personally...

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