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Shakespeare in the City Walk

#143 of 644 Tours in London
Certificate of Excellence
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Blackfriars Tube Station (outside only exit), London EC4V 4EG, England
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+44 7905 746733

'The Shakespeare City Walk' revisits Shakespeare's life on the North bank...

'The Shakespeare City Walk' revisits Shakespeare's life on the North bank of the Thames (we do not go to the Globe Theatre because everybody tends to do that separately).If you want to find out about Shakespeare's life (including his friends, relationships etc), while visiting interesting hidden parts of London and seeing statues, monuments etc (many of which are scarcely known), then this is the Tour for you. Even better, your guide, Declan, is a former professional actor and will treat you to some of Shakespeare's speeches in the appropriate locations.

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Shakespeare walking tour

I had a great time on this walking tour with Declan! He was so knowledgeable and friendly. I've grown up with Shakespeare, so it was amazing to see the original sites of his time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I had a great time on this walking tour with Declan! He was so knowledgeable and friendly. I've grown up with Shakespeare, so it was amazing to see the original sites of his time. I really enjoyed Declan's performances from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and chatted with him about his favorite poets. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Thank jpodemski
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Declan's passion is clear to feel, and makes his knowledge of the subject easier to absorb. An informative, intriguing (at times), enjoyable couple of hours which whet my appetite to want to know more and get researching. I also loved his shakespeare's recitations.

Thank 2890Marie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I work with actors often. Declan mixes his professional dramatic skills with his passion for the subject. The effect is a powerful and rich interactive experience.

Thank producerjohn
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to walk in the footsteps of the great Bard and getting some insight into this extraordinary character. There were only three people on my tour so we got the benefit of Declan's full attention. We were transported back 400 years as we visited locations of where Shakespeare lived, heard stories of... More 

Thank Muireann O
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

It was only my friend and I on the tour, after half term it was clearly a quieter time. In a way it made the tour very tailored to us as acting students and walking between the 'stops' involved chatter about his book, the other tour, actors and current affairs. At the stops the information we were given was concise... More 

Thank DramaStudentKim
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We liked Declan's passion for Shakespeare. I had just completed my BA with a Shakespeare unit and could not have asked for a better introduction to the Bard's life in London. Thank you Declan! Mr Shakespeare would approve. Liz

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Declan took us to places that we never would have found on our own. Truly hidden secrets in the City of London. Declan has a true love and appreciation for Shakespeare, and I hope that his mission to get some of the plaques reinstalled is successful! I highly recommend this walk, especially over ANY other literary walk in London. If... More 

Thank Traci O
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

There is never enough one can learn about William Shakespeare and this tour added more insights about Shakespeare's life history and his various literary works. We also discovered hidden historical places in a part of London we had never seen before. The recital of parts of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets contributed to connect vividly to the whole presentation.

Thank spiridiona
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Declan has an earnest charisma that exudes the Bard. My group of 10 high school students were engaged the entire time and even through a lightning storm! We enjoyed his knowledge of Shakespeare, and London's slight disregard for him. I am hoping to bring another group in June! Thanks, Declan Lee from Berlin

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Declan really knows his stuff, and presents it entertainingly. It was great to see hidden parts of the city and look at it through the lens of Shakespeare. I studied Shakespeare at Uni and he taught me stuff I didn't know (and refreshed information that I had forgotten). Thoroughly enjoyed the walk and Declan's ability to impart a lot of... More 

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With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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