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“An intersting and intriguing tour”

Shakespeare in the City Walk
Ranked #140 of 716 Tours in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: '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.
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Maria and I had a private tour by Declan. That was not the original idea but since it was a really cool and windy day, most preferred to stay indoors. It was our gain. The tour was very informative and extremely educational.

It was amazing to realize that Shakespeare never really gained the status he deserved in London or in England for that matter. Shakespeare is probably more revered outside England and that is a shame. However, we would have not known about it, and many other details, had we not taken Declan's tour.

The tour is not really leisure pace. Even though we were only two people we had full two hours walking quite fast. Make sure you have good shoes and plenty of water. I would also recommend doing some light reading on Shakespeare beforehand, Wikipedia has all the important details you will need. It's always better to posses some knowledge before taking this tour.

Recommended!

Thank Motti B
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was a really enjoyable tour, Declan was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the tour takes one to the hidden nooks where tiny links to Shakespeare's time in London can be found. Intriguing stuff, even for someone who knows more than average about Shakespeare. Very much to be recommended. My only other comment would be that there is so much to cover that it's very fast walking! Another tour goer who was limping and I (as I was developing blisters!) agreed that we'd rather go at a slower pace and take an extra half an hour. This may have had something to do with the fact that it was a particularly big group, and Declan was obviously trying to keep to the advertised time.

Thank BristolEngland1
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This tour is definitely worth doing if you're interested in Shakespeare as a person, not only as a global icon. Declan is a marvellous guide, very passionate about the Bard and will definitely pass it on to you as well along the tour. We discovered tiny and magical streets and passages that are very much connected to Shakespeare, even though there is no explicit evidence for by-passers to see, and his life in London. We felt it was a very inspiring experience, and it was really a shame that the two hours duration passed so quickly! But, you know how it goes: time really flies when you're having fun, and I can guarantee, we trully did!

Thank Elisa R
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

This is a wonderful tour that will fill you with more knowledge than The Globe can offer. Declan is overflowing with facts, stories, and hidden truths about Shakespeare's life in London, and he'll engage you in stimulating conversation throughout the intimate tour. There is absolutely no better way to see the Blackfriars area - Declan will lead you through all the passageways and tiny streets to ensure you see it all. The tour is born of his own research and that makes it all the more fascinating! In many ways, London seems to have forgotten Shakespeare and handed him over to Stratford, his birthplace, despite him spending most of his life in London. Stick with Declan to learn all there is to know about what Shakespeare's London life was like.

1  Thank Amy_N_Y_C60763
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Great fun and very interesting. Stratford Upon Avon is where Shakespeare was born and where he died. London is where he wrote, lived most of his life, and where he mingled with the greatest minds of the time. This tour gives the best on-the-street, fun insight into the most important, prolific, scandalous(!), and least-advertised times of Shakespeare's life.

1  Thank notwithoutwrite
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