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Southwark Cathedral

KidRated’s Southwark Cathedral Top Tips:

  • Buy your lunch at nearby Borough Market and bring it to the eat in the churchyard
  • Click here to see a virtual tour of the Cathedral before you go!
  • Don’t forget to pick up a children’s guide leaflet when you enter

It is believed that there has been a church on the Southwark Cathedral site since AD 606 making it the oldest cathedral church building in London. Having been around for at least 1,400 years, there’s plenty of history and architecture to learn about and appreciate.

 

Any and all are welcome to attend acts of worship but visitor restrictions may apply due to services or other activities taking place. Tours are available for groups as well as individuals.

 

You can find Southwark Cathedral on the South Bank close to London Bridge and very close to Borough Market.

 

Writers from Chaucer to Charles Dickens and virtually everyone in between including, of course, Shakespeare attended this church making it a must-see attraction for any English Literature lovers. Shakespeare even has a monument in the cathedral.  Budding writers might find this a good place to pray for inspiration if they have writer’s block.

 

The Cathedral has excellent accessibility for both young and old making it perfect for multi-generational days out.

 

Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • You must buy a photography permit from the gift shop if you plan on taking photos inside
  • Tours are offered of the cathedral and surrounding area

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

London Bridge
London
SE1 9DA

Phone number:

(+44) 20 7367 6700

Website:

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30 am to 6 pm. Main visiting times are 10 am to 5 pm.

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Teen Verdict

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Rosie

I’m not really a churchy person but I came here with my family because we heard that it is likely the oldest church in London which is pretty cool. Visiting a church wouldn’t be my first choice of things to do but it was interesting hearing about the people who attended the church, like Shakespeare. We went to Southbank afterwards which I definitely preferred but if you’re into historical churches or London history then give it a visit.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • It’s free to wander around the building when there’s not a service taking place so do pop in when you visit Borough Market.
  • Older children might enjoy the walking tours of the area organised by the Cathedral.
  • The Refectory is a calm cafe for a well-priced cuppa when you need peace from the busy area and there are free to use loos too.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

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