Southwark Cathedral

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The history of a religious settlement on the site of Southwark Cathedral stretches back over at least 900 years. The fabric of the building contains architectural details ranging from 12th century Norman architecture to contemporary structures added at the time of this Millennium. But it is not only the architectural elements that walk us through the history of London but the many tombs and monuments within the church, revealing the history, diversity and character of the area. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pepys and Dickens all have a connection with the cathedral. John Harvard, whose legacy founded the USA's oldest university, was baptised in the church. Southwark Cathedral's story continues today as it serves as a place of worship with congregations reflecting the diversity found in our capital city. The Cathedral is dedicated to being an inclusive church which means we welcome everyone.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 08.00–18.30 Saturday and Bank Holidays 08.45–18.00 Sundays 08.30–19.30


Admission free. Groups of 10+ required to book in advance for a small charge. Drop-in tours are available on Friday at 11am and 1pm, and Sunday at 1pm. Due to services and events, we recommend that you contact the cathedral to check availability. For information on Cathedral tours and walks for groups, please contact the Visits and Tours Officer on 020 7367 6734.

Travel directions:

Southwark Cathedral is conveniently located for the City, Canary Wharf, the West End, and South Bank. Situated less than five minutes walking distance from London Bridge station, the Cathedral is easy to reach from a number of main line and LT underground stations and also bus routes.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Bicycle park
  • Cafeteria
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Education facilities available

Facilities information:

The Cathedral has lifts for those with limited mobility and a seperate lavatory with a radar key. Services can be heard using a hearing loop and written items can be supplied in large print. Parking Most streets close by the Cathedral have single yellow lines. The Nearest designated Disabled Parking space is in Park Street Bicycle parking is available just outside the Cathedral (opposite Borough Market), and two additional areas are on the north side of the Cathedral, on Montague Close. Coach Parking can be found at Universal Car Parks, Great Suffolk Street. Mini-buses or coaches welcome 9am-6pm. Riley Road, Off Tower Bridge Road has up to15 space but must be pre-booked. They can be contacted on Tel: 07792 920219 Tower Bridge Road, Weekend parking is available but it must be pre-booked. They can be contacted on 020 7403 8118 (Anderson Travel). Coach drop offs are at Southwark Street or Southwark Bridge Road.


  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Regular children's club
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Licensing programme
  • Large print information and/or interpretation

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