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Southwark Cathedral

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Address: 1 London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9BA, England
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Hidden Gem acros the river and a must visit

Southwark cathedral is a hidden gem. It is not as well known as the other main cathedrals in London but is a must visit. It is hidden on along the south bank in London and when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Southwark cathedral is a hidden gem. It is not as well known as the other main cathedrals in London but is a must visit. It is hidden on along the south bank in London and when walking from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. It has a beautiful location and great history. William Shakespeare's brother is buried here and there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is quite curious that this very interesting piece of religious architecture that it is almost next door to the shard and Borough market get very often overlooked. I really found it very interesting both outside and inside and they have a lot of very interesting events

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by the rich history preserved here. Like most cathedrals, it is a bit weird to walk over tombs, but it is always fascinating to visit such a beautiful place with such a rich history. We did a self-tour and it only took a couple of hours with no waiting - very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wanted to go to Westminster Abbey for a church service but feared the line would be too long. I got on Tripadvisor to find out how early we needed to get there (I never found the answer) but I saw a recommendation to go to Southwark Cathedral and skip Westminster Abbey. So that's what we did. We got there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took part in a guide tour of the Cathedral. Entry is free, they charge £ 1 to take photographs, although nobody is checking whether or not you have paid to take pictures. I thought it was all quite interesting. There is a small shop, selling the usual Tourist items, and a Restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Altogether... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its not huge but well positioned and just big enough for some peacefulness in the coty. It cost us £1 for a camera pass and guide book which was well worth the money as its wonderful for photographs and the guide gives an overview of some points of interest as well as the plan and history. The garden as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cathedral is beautiful. It is located near the Borough Market. Now that I am reading other reviews, I see you can go in for free. I wish I had known that when I was there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Southwark Cathedral is one of London's gems. It is a wonderful oasis of peace and tranquillity in the centre of the busy bustling city, adjoining Borough market. The liturgy is well ordered and accessible, the sermons are informed and informative, the welcome is warm and the congregations are diverse. The building encourages exploration and aids devotion and is supplemented by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful cathedral which is free to enter. Such a beautiful cathedral steeped in history! It also has a lovely herb garden at the front to relax and a beautiful courtyard at the back. We had a drink here - so relaxing and quiet - a real sun trap. The staff could not of been nicer. A lovely day... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I strongly recommend a stroll in this area, just behind London Bridge. In few blocks you can enjoy this wonderful gothic cathedral, just behind the Borough Market, Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Globe Theater and Tate Modern. The mixed feeling of the old docklands, this wonderful church and the smells coming from the wonderful food market around crate a magic... 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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