Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Golden Tours 156 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4EF

Contact: 0207 233 7030



Join our multi-sensory Shakespeare sightseeing bus tour, designed to take school children back to the time of Shakespeare’s London. Using costume character guides and a variety of sights, sounds and smells, we recreate London during the 16th and 17th centuries. Using different stimuli, children learn what people ate, drank and wore during the times as well as learning about historical events including the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot.

The experience is linked directly to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 and 3 and passes some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Shakespeare’s Globe, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. A tour of the Globe Theatre can be added as an extra.

The programme was designed in partnership with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and educational professionals and the attraction style experience has been recognized by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Our new multi-sensory bus allows children to be fully immersed in Shakespeare’s London experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of old London Town.

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What does a typical educational visit include?

  • Key stage 2 and 3
  • History
  • English
  • Drama

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 65.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We provide workbooks on the bus for use during and after the tour.

The tour was designed in partnership with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, educational professionals and Shakespeare scholars.

We provide full risk assessments and planning sheets.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes with the schools approval.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide full risk assessments and planning sheets.

We provide all insurance certificates.

We also provide a coach pick service inside the M25 motorway.

To enquire or book, please contact our schools team on 0207 233 7030 or by email at 

You can also visit our website: and fill out an online enquiry form.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Speak to our dedicated schools team, see contact details above.

What is the cost of the visit?
£16.50 per pupil. Free teacher tickets for 10 pupils. (Please note bookings must be for a minimum group of 10)

We also provide a coach pick up service inside the M25 motorway – call to get a quote.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Clothing dependant on weather conditions.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
First aiders are required within your group, but first aid kits are available on all buses.

Please list facilities available.
Children can eat on the coach if needed ((please bring a packed lunch) or we can arrange a lunch stop at the Tate Modern where there are toilet facilities.  Children can also shop in the Globe Theatre.

What are your disabled facilities?
There is disabled facilities on the bus.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are flexible on timings and days the tour is on offer. Most depart about 10.30 to 11 unless incorporating a visit to the Globe Theatre.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Jacqueline Green, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Head of Learning and Participation, said: “We are constantly working to explore new ways to inspire and bring not only Shakespeare but also British history to life in schools. Having already brought Shakespeare to life for over 3.5 million school children across the UK, we are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Golden Tours to develop this pioneering new educational initiative and get even more kids learning about the history of the Bard in such an intriguing and exciting way.”

Riverdale Primary School Pupil quote
One of our students said: “It was fascinating to see our city from a different perspective, especially the links to Shakespeare and the Elizabethan time.”

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years

Type of Visit: City Tours Historical Heritage School Tour Operators

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Drama English History Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December