Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral

Described “as ‘thin places’ where you can glimpse and touch a little bit of heaven and experience something of the hospitality of God”, Southwark Cathedral is truly a remarkable Church. I have been to many Cathedrals, but this was something else…there was a sense of peacefulness at this Church which I had not experienced elsewhere before. The Cathedral   boasts a Gothic architecture and a history that goes way back to 606 where people have come here to worship. It is an Anglican Church and located in the South Bank of River Thames, just next to the Borough Market which is a thriving environment. It is easily accessible via London Bridge Station [see below on Useful information]. The original site was mostly destroyed by fire in 1212 but remnants of original Norman constructed with ragstone rubble, chalk and lead remains. You can still see these Norman influences in the rounded arches at the back right of the Cathedral and the arched doorway that leads into the church. The distinguishable medieval Gothic elements can be seen in parts of the front of the Cathedral.  Back in the day, this Priory was important to London not just as a place of worship but also because it was a place for education and hospitality – John Gower, the poet, once lived here. 

Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral

The interior of the Cathedral boasts another splendid sight. The incredible architecture of the interior, with its intricate details, the curves, the alcoves and the stained glass windows…there are no special words except that it is simply “beautiful” – see ↓↓. With the sunlight coming through into this large and airy space, it makes walking through the Cathedral a very relaxing experience.

And if the picture below and I have not convinced you enough to make you visit here, then I am certain the following attraction will – a visit to the member of the Southwark Cathedral family…see below at the next picture 🙂

Southwark Cathedral
The incredible gothic architecture of Southwark Cathedral

I have been here a couple of times since last summer, and besides the stained-glass windows, the breath-taking gothic ceiling and its history, the highlight of my first visit was Doorkins Magnificat. I was with MT, who took a picture of this adorable furry baby who was asleep in her bed. Doorkins is 12-years old and she likes to sleep. She does not like to be disturbed as she would be grumpy! She has been part of the Cathedral’s family since 2008 and has her own line of merchandises, her story book and a twitter account [@DoorkinsM].  To read more on Doorkins, click here

Southwark Cathedral
Doorkins Magnificat ~ found herself a permanent home at the Southwark Cathedral

I had more time on my second visit and took to admiring the stained-glass windows – splendidly beautiful with the sun shining through. 

  • The Stained-glass windows
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    Stained-glass windows
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    Stained-glass windows

    Other highlights include:

  • Shakespeare’s Memorial and window
  • The Harvard Chapel
  • The Herb Garden
  • The Archaeological Chamber

 

Useful information:

Opening times: 08:00 to 18:00

Entry – is FREE

Photography permit – £1.00 and it comes with a Souvenir Guide

Fully accessible for wheelchair users and limited mobility users.

 

Getting here:

The best way to get here is by the Underground or Trains and the nearest Station is London Bridge, less than 5-minute walk.

Exit London Bridge, onto Tooley Street.  opposite the Hay’s Galleria. Cross-over and head west towards London Bridge Hospital. Walk-under London Bridge and past the London Tombs and Mudlark Public House. You will reach the courtyard on the north side of the Cathedral.

Adress: London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7367 6734

 

https://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org

8 Comments

  1. what an amazing cathedral – I particularly love the the wooden roof. How on earth did they build them in those days? I’ve never been there but have added it to my to do list when next in London – we seem to visit every few years from the other side of the Globe. I hope Doorkins is still around to greet me! 🙂 Great read Jenny.

  2. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Jenny. Southwark Cathedral is a pretty Cathedral and well worth a visit. I am glad to provide you with info that are useful. Hope that you will visit this Cathedral when you visit London.

  3. Thank you so much for your lovely words Comments, Estelle 🙂 This Gothic Cathedral is truly remarkable…it is often overlooked because it is tucked away behind the popular Borough Market. Happy that my tips are helpful. Look forward to your London Visit:)

  4. I just love the internal photo of the cathedral with the vaulted ceilings! I must confess I hadn’t heard of this cathedral before! I guess this is why we read travel blogs – to learn and to add to the evergrowing list of must sees! 😊

  5. Fingers crossed I will be returning to London. Thank you Georgina for informing me about so many wonderful places for me to visit. Southwark Cathedral looks incredible. It’s crazy that it’s history goes all the way back to 606, and that it survived a fire in 1212. Thankfully the Cathedral still looks incredible, particularly the interior. And it is free to visit! And thanks for all the useful tips

  6. Looks and sounds wonderful! Not sure if i’ll get to the uk (from Australia) but this cathedral should go on the list if I do!

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