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Southwark Cathedral

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Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
Phone Number: 020 7367 6700
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A place of peace in the hustle and bustle

Built first as a convent in 606, then made a priory; dissolved to a parish church and elevated in 1905 to a cathedral, Southwark has a rich history with links to writers of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Built first as a convent in 606, then made a priory; dissolved to a parish church and elevated in 1905 to a cathedral, Southwark has a rich history with links to writers of the KJV bible and Shakespeare, as well as the founder of the U.S. Harvard University. It is a vibrant and active church with a wide range of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful cathedral minutes from the Shard and the Burroughs food court, the Thames river walk, London Eye and the Tate Modern. The history is very interesting regarding this cathedral. It has a portion of actual Roman road excavated there. Very peaceful place. Gets you out of the hustle and bustle of other attractions for a rest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Full of history. The stained glass windows are a must see. The Harvard Chapel, the founder of the University was baptised here in 1607. Shakespeare Memorial. It is near the Shard and a short walk to the Thames and the replica of Sir Frances Drakes ship.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We came upon this cathedral purely by accident, whilst walking from St. Paul's Cathedral, across the Millennium Bridge to get to H.M.S Belfast. Along the way, we stopped off at a few places we would never ordinarily have thought to visit, this being one of them. It is not a very large cathedral, but it's a very nice example, and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Impressive cathedral almost tucked away by London Bridge. Worth a quick look inside. Nice views of the cathedral as you exit borough market. Nice outdoor cafe too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Loved the architecture, the organ music, the ambience. Beautiful herb garden. Cenotaph of American Indian chief. Beautiful windows. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

With elements dating back to the 12th century, the cathedral is a gem of medieval architecture. Its architecture spans five centuries of cathedral construction with stylistic changes reflected in the nave and choir. Don't miss the Shakespeare window in the south aisle. Requiring only a donation, the cathedral is a bargain by London standards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a small but really pretty Cathedral, situated next to Borough Market. It is a wonderful quiet oasis. After visiting the church, we went to the cafe, and had tea sitting outside in the quiet courtyard. Although we didn't eat here, the food looked very good, and was reasonably priced too! There is a charge to use the toilets... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Lovely Cathedral to walk around. Courtyard garden closed for refurbishment. Very ornate ceiling and numerous stained glass windows. Please note there is a charge of £2.50 to take photographs but entrance is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I ran across this by accident and I'm glad I did. Approaching from the Globe Theatre, there was what appeared to be a castle turret in front of the Shard and I didn't know what it was. As I meandered further, the Sunday bells from this cathedral brought me closer. It was then that I discovered that the turret was... More 

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Additional Information about Southwark Cathedral

Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
Phone Number: 020 7367 6700
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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Southwark
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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