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Southwark Cathedral Tour: Over 900 Years of History!

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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge

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SE1 9DA

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Discover the story of a priory that became a parish church that became a Cathedral

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Southwark Cathedral has had a long and distinguished history with over 900 years of Christian witness and mission. The church has seen the events of history unfold around it, witnessing the lives of Bishops, Royalty and the Royal households, Shakespeare's contemporaries, the changing parishioners of the London Bridge area and the occasional cat or two.

Your tour with a Cathedral guide will uncover this rich and colourful history in a both informative and entertaining manner.

Discover why Southwark Cathedral is strongly associated with Winchester and why a former Bishop is buried here. Learn the name of the famous London hospital that was founded by the church. Uncover which writer visited to ring the bells. All, and more, will be revealed!

These tours runs for an hour. Although suitable for big kids, we are running a special family orientated tour which can be booked here.

Please meet your guide in the Cathedral courtyard by the Cathedral cafe.

About our Guides

Our Cathedral guides undertake extensive training to learn 900 years of cathedral history and volunteer their time to deliver tour and walks for the cathedral. Many of them also work as Blue Badge Guides, City of London Guides and Greenwich Guides and are very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects that they share with those who attend their tours.

Spaces are strictly limited so early booking is recommended.

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The Cathedral is located a 5 minute walk from London Bridge Mainline and Underground Station. A number of buses also serve the local area and other underground stations nearby are Cannon Street and Monument.

Unfortunately there is no parking available at the Cathedral.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email the Visitor & Tour Officer Ruth Miller at ruth.miller@southwark.anglican.org

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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge

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Southwark Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over 1000 years. Established as a small convent, it grew over the centuries into a priory, which became a parish church and then, in 1905, the Cathedral for the newly created Diocese of Southwark which serves the whole of London south of the river.

The Cathedral’s patchwork architecture bears testament to its past as do the many monuments and memorials inside and outside the church. These are reminders of the rich history of this part of London and our association with such major figures in our creative history, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens.

Southwark Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and friendship, to rejoice in or find rest when you’re weary. We are London’s community Cathedral striving to live the example of Jesus, seeking to be a spiritual home for all and set at the heart of Bankside, buzzing with people and activity, a vibrant cultural and commercial destination.

 

 

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