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“Amazing tour”

Shakespeare in the City Walk
Ranked #126 of 704 Tours in London
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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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Amazing tour”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I did this tour this morning and I had a wonderful experience. Strongly recommended not just because Declan is a very professional,funny,extremely prepared Tour guide on this topic but above all because you will have the chance to feel Shakespeare and see the Shakespearean London through Declan's passion.

Visited June 2014
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
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“Educational at a good pacea”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Declan takes you to approximately 20 sites associated with Shakespeare's life. Some well known (St. Paul's Cathedral), but many others not well know (location of Shakespeare's home in London). The tour moves at a brisk rate, you will be moving, so wear good shoes. Declan gives you facts about Shakespeare's life, and also adds his own personal beliefs, and gives evidence into some of his "controversial" beliefs about Shakespeare. As tourists who enjoy seeing multiple sites, and not just standing in front of the same landmark for 20 minutes, we appreciated the brisk pace. As an added bonus, Declan has facilitated a 20% discount at the Shakespeare Restaurant (located near the end point of the tour). Definitely something worth doing if you a fan of the bard from Strafford.

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An intersting and intriguing tour”
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.


Visited May 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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.

Visited April 2014
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“Amazingly interesting!!”
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!

Visited April 2014
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