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Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
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Beautiful Church and a great place to relax in serene surroundings

Southwark Cathedral is a great place to stop if you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of Borough Market and want to collect your thoughts or enjoy some quiet... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Southwark Cathedral is a great place to stop if you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of Borough Market and want to collect your thoughts or enjoy some quiet contemplation. It's a small Cathedral on the edge of Borough Market. Most of the usual doors are locked, so you enter in through one central area that also serves the office... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent time spent while at a loose end. Took some photos and only a £1 for a souvenir guide, well worth it. A lot of history tie to the church and a must if your in the location. Ask for a tour guide or brochure to ensure you catch all the relevant history or read up about it before you... More 

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have walked in front of this Cathedral so many times in London but never had the time to explore it!!! Free entrance and beautiful stain glass windows!!! Look out for the Shakespeare Tomb memorial... fascinating!!!

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Central Point, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My visit to the cathedral was inspired by my interest in British history and particularly that of the Southwark. At the same time I visited the operating theatre and ate at the George Coaching Inn in Southwark. I would recommend all three to those interested in history and off the normal tourist sites.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited while on a day trip to the 'Clink Prison Museum' glad I did.This is a beautiful cathedral,internally and externally.Asked on reception,about taking photo's as usually,there is a charge for this.No problem,bought a program of events,guide from gentleman inside the cathedral,cost a pound,if I remember correctly,which was the ticket to take photo's.Was approached by a very friendly and helpful female... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place to visit. ... There are some roof bosses at ground level, to see their actual size is amazing .... Lots of historic information and a very pleasant cafe

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful cathedral but sadly I've never seen such an impolite staff - especially one arrogant man, felt very out of place which shouldn't be the in a cathedral.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Borough Market we came upon the Southwark Cathedral and stopped in. What a beautiful church! In order to take photos, you have to buy their very nicely done £1.00 souvenir guide, but it is well worth it. The guide includes a numbered tour of the cathedral which points out and gives information on items of special interest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attended church here on Sunday while on vacation to London. It is lovely and seems as though it is a busy vibrant parish. The history is incredible and worthy of a study before visiting. Sunday in Southwark is buzzing with activities. Lots of pubs and places of interest, but the cathedral should be at the top of a list of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original church was severely damaged in the Great Fire of 1212. The basic layout of the 13C reconstruction survives today – cruciform in plan, with an aisled nave of six bays, a crossing tower, transepts, and a five bay choir. It's rather tucked away but worth searching out. The staff are so nice and welcoming and periodically prayers are... More 

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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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