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Southwark Cathedral

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Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
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Southwark Cathedral is situated on the south bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge. It is surrounded by railway lines and buildings, including the historic Borough... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Southwark Cathedral is situated on the south bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge. It is surrounded by railway lines and buildings, including the historic Borough Market. The churchyard on the south side of the Cathedral is an ideal lunch-time place. The cost of a tour is £3 per person and children under 16 go free. But as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dates back to the 12th century and if you have time then it is well worth a 20 minute walk around. This only became a cathedral in 1905. There is a memorial to Shakespeare and the tomb of the poet John Gower. Best tube station would be London Bridge station.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Southwark Cathedral is a stunning church and its history is amazing. Just a stone throw from Borough Market it's even older than the market place - it's said that this has been a place of Christian wsorship since 600 AD, and even before Christianity came to Britain people worshipped here. And the exterior sure is amazing - it feels like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visit actually highlighted our tour of the London Bridge area. This great little Cathedral dating back to 606 has hosted many historic events and people over the centuries. As American's visiting the U.K. we were very interested in that John Harvard attended then went to Cambridge. He later left for America and bequeathed his library to Harvard. The cathedral... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our visit to other attractions at Southwark we, my Wife, eldest Son and I went into Southwark Cathederal. What a lovely Cathedral it is indeed.Historically it dates back to the 7th century and, at one time, was at the oldest crossing point to the City of London. I love history and historical architecture and The Southwark Cathedral fulfills this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After World War II, my father-in-law served at the Southwark Cathedral. Consequently, this has always been a charished parish for us. On this visit we met with one of the church ladies who informed us that they had recently put in herb gardens on the river side of the cathedral (I suppose that is the north side). She also explained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely peaceful place which is free and worth a visit. The area is busy though but this place is nice and tranquil.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's another church, and your London trip may already include several, but the architecture is grand, the history steeped and the guides delightful. We encountered an elderly parishioner who insisted on showing us the bell, which we couldn't have missed anyway as it was on the floor, next to a crane, that was to be used to move the bell... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Southwark Cathedral is a gorgeous, small (er) cathedral near Borough Market and The Shard. I went there early morning and there was barely anyone else, so I could thoroughly enjoy the lovely stained glass and the beautiful interior of the cathedral. I recommend visiting it and enjoy a relatively quiet place within busy London.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

It's a beautiful old cathedral with unique design. It's also just beside Borough Market. Nice place for a photo ops.

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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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