Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
4.5
Religious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
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
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: 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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  • London Bridge • 4 min walk
  • Monument • 8 min walk
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  • Hobo56
    Greater Sydney, Australia382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Remarkable Building
    A beautifully place of worship, it is a reflective and quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the markets next door. This church has a very interesting history and I can recommend the free guided tour that is offered during the day. It will give meaning to what you are actually seeing. Well worth a visit if you are in this part of the city. The adjacent cafe is also worth a visit, bearing in mind that the whole area can get very busy.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Roberts69
    Northampton, United Kingdom18,826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful Cathedral on the banks of the River Thames well worth a visit.
    Whilst walking on the South bank of the Thames from Tower Bridge to Millennium Bridge I passed the stunning Southwark Cathedral and made an impromptu visit. Entry is free of charge and spending half an hour of my day admiring this historic building, inside and out, was a pleasure. It is just beautiful. The Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years, but a cathedral only since the creation of the diocese of Southwark in 1905. Some fragments of the buildings 12th-century fabric survive, however, the church in its present form dates to between 1220 and 1420, making it the first Gothic church in London. There is plenty of interest in the Cathedral, including a memorial to William Shakespeare, a memorial to the tragic MV Marchioness disaster from August 1989 where 51 youngsters lost their lives in a Thames pleasure boat accident, and a magnificent organ built by Lewis & Co. of Brixton, and completed in 1897. The Cathedral has a resident black and white cat, called Hodge, which I saw during my visit. There is an old herb garden outside the Cathedral and the views with the Cathedral and the Shard look quite stunning.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • TravellerFromNWales
    438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Warm and welcoming
    We always like to call into the cathedral when we’re in London, but this was our first visit in several years because of the covid pandemic. We were welcomed by the friendly staff/volunteers at the door on our way in. Southwark cathedral is one of the most warm and welcoming churches, with a real spirituality and sense of community for all, whether you are there for an hour, or for life. The cathedral isn’t just a place of worship, visitors can take in the site’s history, explore the garden, or just take some time out from the hustle and bustle of life. There is plenty of history too, William Shakespeare’s brother is buried at the cathedral, and there is a Wordsworth stained glass window. Look out for the cathedral cat, who loves a stroke! We had a lovely conversation with Cynthia, one of the volunteers. Cynthia’s love of the cathedral and its life was clear and her interest in people serve as an inspiration for people of all faiths and walks of life. We hope that she makes it back to north Wales to see our sights once again! Thank you for the warm welcome, we hope to return again.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Carlo H
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Een kerk, een koor, een kat
    Beautiful church kerk: high and long, Partly late gothic, but renovated and rebuilt till the 20th century. The house/church cat was present, But we came late for a children’s choir. The onlynthing we heard were the dying tones of the organ, and the bells in the tower. A lot of loud bells!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Kim G
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Lovely little Cathedral with some interesting things to look at, like stained glass windows and inscriptions where people have been laid to rest. It is free to go in but we did give a donation as it goes towards the up keep of the Cathedral. There is also a cafe but we did not go in as we had not long had lunch.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2024
  • purpletravller
    Glasgow, United Kingdom329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit in this busy little corner of London
    Beautiful cathedral which is well worth a visit in this busy corner of London. Entry is free although you can make a small donation, cafe looked interesting and there is also a really good shop. Look out for the cathedral cat too! Nice little garden area which makes it hard to believe you’re in the centre of London. Some beautiful stained glass windows, Shakespeare and Harvard connections galore. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 7, 2024
  • Tanya Miles
    Bristol, United Kingdom62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    Beautiful cathedral rich in history. Really enjoyed exploring and reading about the people who are interred there. There is a small excavation area to discover under the cathedral floor. Very interesting. They have a resident cat called Hodge. He wasn’t there during our visit but he has some lovely merchandise in the cathedral shop.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2024
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Lapsedveggie
Sheffield253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We booked to see the exhibition in the cathedral and we were not disappointed. The hovering globe was spectacular. We also enjoyed the rest of the building, so much to see, lovely attendants / volunteers to tell you snippets of the history. It seems a very vibrant plant - wish we lived nearer as we would visit more often. The cathedral shop was delightful too - nice to see the cat - they do online orders so will be placing an order soon as we did not want to carry purchases about with us after our visit. Definitely worth a visit
Written November 2, 2022
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Hobo56
Greater Sydney, Australia382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A beautifully place of worship, it is a reflective and quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the markets next door. This church has a very interesting history and I can recommend the free guided tour that is offered during the day. It will give meaning to what you are actually seeing. Well worth a visit if you are in this part of the city. The adjacent cafe is also worth a visit, bearing in mind that the whole area can get very busy.
Written July 29, 2023
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glitrberi
USA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I would definitely recommend visiting this beautiful cathedral. I hadn't spent much time on the South Bank during previous trips to London, so I wanted to do that during this trip. One of the top places on my list to visit was Southwark Cathedral and it did not disappoint. I would also recommend stopping at the cafe during your visit and getting a tasty bite to eat.
Written December 27, 2022
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ash666
Whitley Bay1,461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A beautiful Cathedral and easy to get to.
One of London's "must see"s and free to get in except about £2 for a photo permit which is well worth paying.
The whole area is interesting with Borough Market next door and the Shard nearby.
Written March 10, 2020
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Hepatacyte
Northallerton, UK772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Whilst walking along the Thames we paid a visit to the Cathedral. A most peaceful oasis in a busy area. One of the cathedral volunteers kindly gave us a potted history of the site and we we're fortunate to be there when there were not many people about and the organist was rehearsing.
Written June 14, 2022
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Sausagedogs
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Have walked past and looked from the outside before but never been in - so pleased we did this time. Such an interesting place to visit. Shakespeare’s brother’s tombstone is here, as is a memorial to Shakespeare himself. Literary connections to Chaucer and Dickens too. We were welcomed as we went in and the lady we spoke to was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her introduction really added a lot to our visit. Would really recommend getting the information leaflet - it’s only £2 but is a good guide. Also walk round the outside and see the herb garden.
Written February 23, 2020
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Amy R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We stopped in here when on the way to do a brass rubbing. At the time, a small choir was practicing with a pianist, and so we sat and listened for a bit. The entire place is beautiful, the acoustics are amazing, and the music, though a practice for them, was very moving to hear. Glad we stopped in.
Written June 9, 2022
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James C
Williamsburg, VA1,108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
What a great place to visit and study it’s long history. The docent that day took us independently around when she found out we were from Williamsburg, VA, and knew some of the churches early history. She showed us Shakespeare’s stain glass panes depicting his themes. Also Parrish member John Harvard is memorialized in the north transept. Too much to tell here, visit if you can.
Written July 4, 2021
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Girlington
Liphook, UK79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
A limited offer of plates of sandwiches and doughnuts …. All in full view close to the customer and no sneeze guard. The cafe used to offer a variety of cakes which I certainly prefer to the large somewhat unsophisticated doughnuts which appear to be the signature offer of BreadAhead.
I’m surprised the cathedral have given a contract to a large commercial operation which also operates in Saudi Arabia. I would have thought they would have preferred to support a smaller operation.
Written September 27, 2021
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jenniealee
Mesa, AZ2,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
Built-in the 13th century, the Gothic church stands at the oldest crossing point of the Thames which was once the only entrance to the City of London. Great place for genologist to go visit if they have any ancestral references. DO NOT PET THE FAMOUS CAT. Visited on a rainy day in July 2019 and enjoyed the quaint church next to a food market.
Written March 26, 2021
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