Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
4.5
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8:00 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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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood'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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Roberts69
    Northampton, United Kingdom18,929 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 25 August 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Carlo H
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands92 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2024
  • purpletravller
    Glasgow, United Kingdom328 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Tanya Miles
    Bristol, United Kingdom67 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Expattraveler100
    Sarasota, Florida5,909 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab cathedral - don’t miss it
    No so much on the beaten track, but a few minutes walk off it - hot or rainy day? Get some relief here - it’s free and you’ll enjoy 90 minutes walking around if you’re a history buff - parts of the excavated foundations date back to the 12th century. It’s beautiful and there’s even an outdoor fun cafe in the courtyard.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 May 2024
  • rachelangch
    Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Candlelight Concert at Southwark Cathedral
    This was my first time at Southwark Cathedral. I was attending a Candlelight Concert and the cathedral afforded the most beautiful ambience and surroundings, especially in the warm (artificial) candle light. It was a cold night (although it was Spring) so it got pretty chilly in the cathedral, but not complaining too much as the experience was wonderful. No better way to see this beautiful building!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2024
  • woodie49
    Brighton, United Kingdom972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intersting visit, more than "just" a Cathedral.
    The incredible Southwark Cathedral is nestled alongside the Borough Market and the wonderful little Clink Prison Museum. It really is lovely and well worth a visit. Asa well as the tradisional "church" surrounds, ther eis adisply of "mudlarking" A lady was by the display cabinet and we had an intersting talk to her about mudlarking and the finds in the Thames. There was also an are which showed the original wall and revealed foundations. Brillian.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
This is a stunning old cathedral with the spectacular backdrop of the Shard.

The cathedral is just behind the Southbank of the Thames and located on a lovely quiet road.
Written 13 July 2024
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Hsteinmiller
Yorktown, VA772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I visited Southwark five years ago and had the honor of meeting Doorkins Magnificat a few months before she 'retired,' and less than a year later she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I cried when I watched her memorial service on YouTube, and I was eagerly awaiting the appointment of her successor. As it happened, the cathedral worked with a local shelter and in time Hodge duly arrived to take up his post. I made plans for a special (re)visit to the cathedral to try and meet the newcomer, but alas, after several turns of the interior, there was no Hodge to be found. I went back to the entrance to ask the docent about Hodge's whereabouts, and I promptly burst into tears when I explained my pilgrimage and how sorry I was not to meet the new guardian. Maggie came out from behind her desk, enveloped me in a warm hug, then led me to the locked vestry door, where they were preparing for Evensong. To my eternal delight, I did get to meet the new church cat, and I even got to feed him some treats after he'd finished going to the loo. He then wandered out into the garden, where Doorkins is buried. (To my great surprise, there's a semi-feral-but-almost-tame red fox named Richard who also visits the garden area.) Everyone was so very kind to me, it's a memory I will treasure within my heart. My introduction to the philosophy of Southwark Cathedral was that if people could see that a homeless cat had found a place of refuge and welcome, then maybe they could, too. This attitude of welcome and inclusion has stayed with me, and you can certainly bet that did I live in London, I would become a parishioner at this lovely, lovely church. I am so grateful to Maggie and the other kind gentlemen for understanding the importance of my request, and I will do my utmost to pay it forward. A very special place, indeed, and absolutely worthy of a detour (it's right next to Bourough Market and just down the road from the Globe Theatre.)
Written 3 July 2024
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woodie49
Brighton, UK972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The incredible Southwark Cathedral is nestled alongside the Borough Market and the wonderful little Clink Prison Museum. It really is lovely and well worth a visit. Asa well as the tradisional "church" surrounds, ther eis adisply of "mudlarking" A lady was by the display cabinet and we had an intersting talk to her about mudlarking and the finds in the Thames. There was also an are which showed the original wall and revealed foundations. Brillian.
Written 1 July 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A very beautiful cathedral. Entrance is free. Something unusual, there is also a cafe. Outside you can find a statue of the great Shakespeare.
Written 14 June 2024
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rachelangch
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This was my first time at Southwark Cathedral. I was attending a Candlelight Concert and the cathedral afforded the most beautiful ambience and surroundings, especially in the warm (artificial) candle light.

It was a cold night (although it was Spring) so it got pretty chilly in the cathedral, but not complaining too much as the experience was wonderful. No better way to see this beautiful building!
Written 11 June 2024
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Cliffb
148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had the pleasure of attending a Fever concert inside this beautiful and atmospheric Cathedral.Its a stunning building with an interior that suited a concert by the Celestial Strings who performed a selection of Beatles classics.
The use of flickering candles added to the calm and relaxed atmosphere.
It was a fantastic evening and performance that was uplifting and performed by four very talented girls.
The Cathedral is an oasis in a busy and noisy area and we will return to explore more of the Cathedral.
Written 1 June 2024
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Expattraveler100
Sarasota, FL5,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
No so much on the beaten track, but a few minutes walk off it - hot or rainy day? Get some relief here - it’s free and you’ll enjoy 90 minutes walking around if you’re a history buff - parts of the excavated foundations date back to the 12th century. It’s beautiful and there’s even an outdoor fun cafe in the courtyard.
Written 20 May 2024
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Tanya Miles
Bristol, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 12 May 2024
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purpletravller
Glasgow, UK328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
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.
Written 7 March 2024
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Kim G
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 6 March 2024
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