Shakespeare in the City Walk - In Shakespeare's footsteps North of the Thames | La Vacanza Travel

Shakespeare in the City Walk - In Shakespeare's footsteps North of the Thames

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 2 hours
  • London
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  • Not-Cancellable


Your Guide, Declan McHugh, has spent 40 years studying and researching William Shakespeare, and is especially knowledgeable about Shakespeare's London life. He will take you to hidden, beautiful places In London connected to Shakespeare. His passionate and knowledgeable words will summon up for you Shakespeare's life in his London: his friends, the places he knew, his work, his language, even his intriguing love-life!

You walk in William Shakespeare's footsteps NORTH of the river Thames. You will be shown many memorials to Shakespeare including statues, plaques, busts, and even a 20 foot (7 metre) aluminium totem pole incorporating one of his greatest speeches!

Plus - the icing on the cake - Declan, is a former professional actor and delivers some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches - just for you...

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Stop At: Shakespeare In The City Walk, Blackfriars Tube Station Meet on pavement/sidewalk outside only exit, London EC4R 2BB England

This is the starting point for the 'Shakespeare in the City Walk'. Meet me outside Blackfriars UNDERGROUND Station. Blackfriars underground station is on the Circle & District Lines. (Be careful - do NOT go South of the river to Blackfriars overground station). There is only one exit so you won't miss me. I will be standing metres away from that underground station exit, with a sign on my rucksack featuring Shakespeare's face.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0JP, UK

A Shakespeare statue most people miss. Shakespeare's popularity. Why you should ignore the conspiracy theories.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Church Entry, London EC4V, UK

The location of the original Blackfriars Theatre, and why you had to be rich to attend; plus how rich Shakespeare himself became.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ireland Yard, London EC4V, UK

The remaining fragment of the Blackfriars Monastery. Shakespeare's thematic obessions.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Carter Lane, Carter Ln, London, UK

A really lovely, hidden quiet location connecting Shakespeare and King James.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Saint Andrew's Hill, St Andrew's Hill, London EC4V, UK

The site of a Shakespeare house in London, and its fate. The play likely written here.
PLUS, a church with a hidden sculpture of Shakespeare praying, and a very important document. The Researcher who makes Americans proud. The play 'Richard 111' and its connections to the area.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Queen Victoria Street, Queen Victoria St, London, UK

An extraordinary hidden totem pole made from a very famous William Shakespeare speech. You would NEVER find this weird and wonderful monument by yourself! Declan, who used to be a professional actor, gives the entire speech.
Next, The College of Arms and the Shakespeare family's coat of arms. Why that honour came two months too late. Plus Ben Jonson's joke at Shakespeare's expense. Also information about Shakespeare's children.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Carter Lane, Carter Ln, London, UK

On to a plaque revealing Shakespeare's generosity, why you should keep looking in dusty attics, plus the background to Shakespeare's two daughters and their very different fortunes.

Duration: 7 minutes

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England

To the magnificent St Pauls Cathedral and a breathtaking revelation about it (although we don't go inside). Shakespeare's best ever seller, plus his sonnets and a reasonable interpretation of his sexuality. Declan's favourite words by anyone EVER (clue: it's only 4 words and they are by William Shakespeare. And they are cosmic).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cheapside, London, UK

Next a section on Shakespeare's amazing vocabulary, and why it just wasn't enough.
The location of a pub he drank in and who else drank there. Plus a section on Shakespeare's religion, and why he was lonely and reclusive.

Duration: 12 minutes

Stop At: Love Lane, Love Ln, London EC2V, UK

Up next, a bust of William Shakespeare, and the men who honoured him; which plays we would lack without them. Plus revelations about his writing style. Also why you should NOT get all starry-eyed thinking about Love Lane!

Duration: 7 minutes

Stop At: London Wall, London, UK

The location of Shakespeare's second house, and why Shakepeare ended up in this area. Plus the full story of how Shakespeare made a marriage and then regretted it.

Duration: 7 minutes

Stop At: St. Giles Cripplegate, Fore and Wood Streets London Wall, London EC2 England

Finally, at a church he knew, the two best known actors of his age, and the sad case of his brother Edmund.
Declan finishes with another complete and hauntingly beautiful speech from Shakespeare's last play, in which Shakespeare gets cosmic again. The speech is perfect because it is about saying goodbye...

Duration: 7 minutes

Stop At: Underground Ltd, Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4JA, UK

Declan then walks to Barbican underground station if you want to accompany him to join the underground train system. Barbican is on three different underground lines: The Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City Lines.

By the end of this magical tour I promise - and the rave reviews here on TripAdvisor agree - that you will know William Shakespeare, and his London, infinitely better!

Duration: 5 minutes

  • Professional Guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Live entertainment

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  • Gratuities
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended age for a child: 10 years and above.
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Underground Ltd, Blackfriars Rd, London EC4R 2BB, UK

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Underground Ltd, Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4JA, UK

Voucher info

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2 hours

User's Reviews


18 Feb, 2024

An extraordinary tour tailored for Shakespeare enthusiasts, yet equally enthralling for all. Declan's profound knowledge, genuine curiosity, and captivating storytelling were brilliant. I appreciated his ability to seamlessly integrate Shakespeare's brilliance into contemporary contexts, offering fresh perspectives. Don't hesitate to book!


09 Feb, 2024

If you love Shakespeare, you definitely have to do the tour. And if you don't love Shakespeare, do the tour. It's fantastic.


02 Feb, 2024

Great walk and tour. Unexpected interesting secret places and facts to be discovered. Declan was a knowledgeable passionate guide. 2 hours just right.


05 Dec, 2023

Our guide Declan led us on an excellent tour. He took us to parts of London we wouldn’t have known about and made Shakespeare’s life come alive. His passion for Shakespeare shone through. Highly recommend.


04 Nov, 2023

Declan’s Shakespeare tour was phenomenal! He shows such a mastery of knowledge about Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and sets up every location so that it feels like a big reveal. I enjoyed myself so much I wouldn’t hesitate to book it again. I’m also planning on booking his other tour the next time I return. Well done, Declan!

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Do it if you like Shakespeare!


Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced


Fun inside view to Shakespeare life and times


Recommended The tour was interesting and entertaining. 2 hours passed quickly. Recommend going. Th


In the footsteps of a master


Great tour!


Shakespeare walk 10/6/2022


Although it rained the morning of our your, it was a great experience. It would be even more awesome on a beautiful day.


Walk, learn and laugh!


A must do!


Knowledgeable Tour Guide


Super Führung


pleasant journey


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