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Southwark Cathedral

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Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
Phone Number: 020 7367 6700
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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Amazing place.

We had a really lovely time looking around this Cathedral.There's so much to see inside,from the stained glass windows, beautiful ceilings, ornate figures and furnishings.The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
j b
Addlestone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This cathedral is free and it's in a very comfortable location. Come in for a few minutes, but after St. Paul's it's not really impressive. Photo permit costs 2 pounds.

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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had a really lovely time looking around this Cathedral.There's so much to see inside,from the stained glass windows, beautiful ceilings, ornate figures and furnishings.The staff are very friendly & certainly know their facts! It's a free place to visit,by donation,so please give something so that future generations can also benefit from this surprising gem!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We visited for Evensong and Memorial Service for Jo Smith.Service and scattering of ashes was moving and emotional.We were made so welcome. Followed by a reception with delicious food.We visited the café prior to the service and was served with delicious coffee and cakes.Must come back again to reflect and for a tempting lunch that was on offer.

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Hazlet New Jersey USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A must see Cathedral on the Southbank which also offers high tea. Enjoyed both immensely and would strongly recommend. And I am a coffee rather than a tea drinker!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Took a tour of Southwark Cathedral, with tour guide Linda. Exceptionally interesting history of this beautiful building- lots of interesting facts about rebuilding and conservation issues. The Shakespeare Memorial and window commemorating his work is here, as is the tomb of his brother - both of course associated with the nearby Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker, who instigated the rebuilding of... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Prayerful, peaceful and a moving service in this wonderful house of God’s in the Hayward Chapel The service was not rushed and pity not many other visitors attending the Cathedral join in this moving & prayerful service. After the service, there was an Organ Recital – “A Prelude and Fugue in C Minor”, which was very enjoyable and well attended... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Close to Borough Market and the Thames south side walks this elegant gem offers quietude and History and the discerning eye will be rewarded with memorials and dedications that bring local past centuries alive. The memorial to those lost nearby on the river in the Marchioness party boat disaster brings the historical connection closer to home. Light a candle and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Likely to be nearly empty of visitors and easy to walk around. Quiet and eclectic e.g. Memorial for the Marchioness disaster.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Nice place to shelter from the cold wind, lovely stained glass windows and an orchestra and choir were practicing which added to the atmosphere. The minister and guides were on hand to answer any questions too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Southwark Cathedral is near Borough Market, we visited in the afternoon after stopping for lunch in the market. This place is impressive, to say the least. I was surprised, with it being so fantastic inside and having such incredible history, that we were two of maybe only 10 visitors, when other churches are so packed out. But that was OK... More 

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Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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