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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
020 7367 6700
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Ranked #128 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Truro, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Not only a visit to Borough market, but to have some peace, quiet time and relax in the Harvard chapel with morning prayer followed by the Eucharist. Wonderful place of worship, quietness, really enjoyable in the present of the Lord.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After visiting St. Paul's cathedral and Westminster Abbey, Southwark looked somewhat simple but no less beautiful. It's a very nice church and not visited as much as other places in London, which I think it's a shame. The interior brings you a sense of calm and the stained windows are absolutely gorgeous. In particular, I very much enjoyed the Shakespeare... More

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UK
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

An amazing building with so much history - we had a fantastic guide who made the whole experience interesting, informative and amusing. For anyone interested in stained glass windows the cathedral has plenty including a beautiful modern window commissioned for the Queen's jubilee . A lovely restaurant with a courtyard area to eat in if the weather is good.

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Watford, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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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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