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Journey into London’s oldest Gothic cathedral. Situated at the foot of London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral is a thriving modern church seeped in ancient history. What is there to see at Southwark Cathedral?

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Journey into London’s oldest Gothic cathedral. Situated at the foot of London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral is a thriving modern church seeped in ancient history.

What is there to see at Southwark Cathedral?

Start your exploration of Southwark Cathedral by heading to the carved Great Screen and the ornate Altar Piece.

Next, find The Shakespeare Window and monument in the South Aisle. The stained glass window commemorates the playwright who wrote many of his most famous works for the nearby Globe Theatre. The monument shows Shakespeare resting in a meadow and the window shows a collection of characters from his plays.

Another unique feature of Southwark Cathedral not to miss is the Harvard Chapel which celebrates the founder of Harvard University who was baptised as a baby at the cathedral.

Head to Humphrey’s Yard and you might be able to spot a new stone carving on the northside of the retrochoir commemorating Doorkins Magnificat. The feline lived at the cathedral from 2008 until 2020 and became so popular with visitors he even had a book written about him.

And if you’re really lucky, you might also spot Hodge, Southwark Cathedral’s new resident cat.

How long does it take to go around Southwark Cathedral?

Give yourself about two hours to leisurely explore the nooks and crannies of Southwark Cathedral. When you’re done exploring, head to the café with friends for hot drinks and freshly made pastries.

Is it free to visit Southwark Cathedral?

It is free to visit Southwark Cathedral. If you want to explore the cathedral, it’s best to visit when a service is not in progress as parts of the cathedral are closed to visitors during services.

Where is Southwark Cathedral?

Southwark Cathedral is located at the south end of London Bridge. It is in Bankside, south-east London.

How do I get to Southwark Cathedral?

The closest Tube station is London Bridge (5 mins walk). Alternatively, use Monument (8 mins walk), Cannon Street (10 mins walk) or Bank (15 mins walk).

The closest train station is London Bridge (5 mins walk). Alternatively, use Cannon Street (10 mins walk) or Blackfriars (15 mins walk).

Bus numbers 17, 21 ,35,40, 43,47,48, 133 ,141,149, 344, RV1 all stop near Southwark Cathedral at London Bridge Station, London Bridge or Borough High Street.

There is a Santander Cycles docking station on Duke Street Hill (just outside London Bridge on Tooley Street).

There are areas for parking your own bike just outside the cathedral (opposite Borough Market) and on Montague Close. 

Prices and opening times

Child Ticket Free
Family Ticket Free
Senior Ticket Free
Adult Ticket Free

Opening Times

Refectory open daily 10:00-17:00

Venue Details & Map

Southwark Cathedral

Address
London Bridge
London
SE1 9DA
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7367 6734
Email
cathedral@southwark.anglican.org
Public transport:
Tube/train: London Bridge. Exit via Tooley Street. Cross road, turn left and follow road under London Bridge (Road). Cathedral Millennium Courtyard is on the left after exiting the tunnel.

Facilities & Accessibility

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Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
All routes suitable for limited mobility users
Effective lighting throughout for visually impaired users
Lift buttons with raised numbers or letters
Ramps within building
Some routes suitable for limited mobility users
Some routes suitable for wheelchair users
Some routes with tactile features for visually impaired users
Steps within building
Access into the Building
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Some toilets with handrails
Accessible Communication Facilities
Clear signage (colour contrast, large letters or pictograms)
Hearing loop system
Information available in large print
Menus available in large print
Accessible Parking Facilities
Public car park available within two hundred metres of main entrance
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Emergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Special dietary requirements catered for
Staff available to assist
Staff disability awareness trained
Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Portable chip and pin machines
Attraction Facilities
Gift shop
Patron toilets
Booking Facilities
Coach parties accepted
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Bar
Cafe
Event catering
Food shop
Halal options on menu
Kosher options on menu
Nut-free option on menu
Outdoor dining / Beer garden
Private Dining
Restaurant
Set price menu
Vegetarian options on menu
Event Facilities
Available for wedding receptions
Breakout Rooms
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
Event facilities
In house AV available
Licenced for civil marriages
Offers charity rates
Wedding service
General Facilities
Lifts
Payment Facilities
Free entry
Group rates available
Monthly rates available
Weekly rates available

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