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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
020 7367 6700
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Ranked #134 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Watford, UK
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

An island of calm surrounded by hectic activity. We were surprised by how quiet and empty the cathedral felt after escaping the crowds of people outside enjoying Bankside. Worth a stop to see the beauty inside. Also has a memorial to Shakespeare inside.

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Monmouth, Illinois, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Like many previous reviewers I have found a blessed peace here for many years and when I say many I mean since the 1970's. With the re-birth of Bankside and its concomitant invasion by tourist crowds, the cathedral has blessedly retained its reverent character, its solitary grandeur and its inviting atmosphere. The gift shop and snack area are first-rate, but... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

A beautiful, peaceful building that is well worth a visit! Southwark Cathedral is open to the public most of the time apart from during services etc. It is a really peaceful place just yards from the hustle and bustle of Borough Market! There are clearly presented signs to inform visitors about specific areas of the cathedral and the small chapels... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is my first review about the Cathedral but in fact I have visited it many many times. A must if you are in Borough Market of course ! Besides hours of services, it is open to the public most of the time. The altar is beautifully decorated. Sometimes you can sit and hear the choir during practice if you... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Everyone knows about St. Paul's Cathedral and even Westminster Abbey. But Southwark Cathedral is the cathedral for south London, and it's well worth the visit. It has only been a cathedral since the early 1900s but the building is the oldest Gothic church in London. It doesn't have a big close around it, so it's tricky to get a great... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The oldest Gothic church in London dating from around 1220. By the 1820s there was concern for the state of the building and the committee for the new London bridge suggested that St. Saviour`s be demolished. and replaced with a smaller church but fortunately restoration work was undertaken and major parts remain in place. In 1905 St. Saviour`s was elevated... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This cathedral has much to recommend it historically. It is a beautiful building, and has all the features one would expect from an English cathedral, including a professional choir. Do go along to Evensong in term time if you can. Yet it is also very much a parish church, carrying out a real spiritual and social mission - and it... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

The church that Chaucer & Shakespeare worshipped in and where John Harvard, founder of Harvard College was baptised! You just had to sit and absorb the significance this church played during the lives & times of these notable people. The organist was practicing whilst I was there and the sounds from the old pipe organ surpasses any modern day instrument.... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a lovely cathedral on the banks of the Thames which has free admission. However, a great reason to visit is for the lovely courtyard cafe ! Lunch and cream tea as expected and not overpriced but my suggestion is pop along for ' happy hour' (around five o'clock) for a Pimms or beer in an historic setting.

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We loved the Southwark Cathedral despite the fee for photography and videoing. The history is immense and the superb architecture was just magnificent to look up at. We were there though on a day where they had a function going on and there were cartons of beer stacked up near the pews giving that slight air of debauchery which made... More

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