We also run tours which focus on different aspects of the Cathedral history

Light and Colour: Stained Glass at the Southwark Cathedral 

Join us to examine  some of London's best examples of 19th  and 20th century stained glass. This tour includes the works of artists such as Lawrence Lee, Ninian Comper, John La Farge, Leifur Breidfjord, Alan Younger and Christopher Webb.

Bards, Poets and Playwrights: A Literary Tour of Southwark Cathedral

Discover the many literary figures who are associated with the Southwark Cathedral. Uncover the life of John Gower, an important English court poet and friend of Chaucer. Explore the world of the 17th century theatre from Shakespeare to Massinger. Learn about Dickens' visit here.

Shakespeare and his Theatrical Contemporaries at St Saviours Church

At the heart of William Shakespeare’s theatrical world was the church of St Saviours, now known as Southwark Cathedral. This was the scene of baptisms, burials and marriages for the actors and playwrights who graced the stage of Elizabethan and Stuart theatre. Discover the links between our church and the theatre.

Women of Southwark – The Untold Story

Explore the lives of the women connected to the cathedral from the Victorian pioneers such as Octavia Hill and Isabella Gilmore to the benefactors such as Dorothy Appleby and Elizabeth Newcomen who provided funds for poor people in south London. Uncover the impact of Queen Mary I on the life of the cathedral. 

Price per Person*

Cathedral Group Tour (90 minutes) with a Cathedral Guide                     £10.00

Cathedral Group Tour (60 minutes) with a Cathedral Guide                     £8.00

Cathedral Group Tour (45 minutes) with a Cathedral Guide                      £7.00

The minimum number of people per group for a guided tour is 10.

Larger groups will be divided into smaller groups.  Please note we don't arrange guided tours for groups which are less then 10 people.

Booking and Further Information

For more information, to request a group  brochure or make a booking, please email our Visitor Engagement Officer. All group/organised tour visits must be pre-booked in advance. 

Alternatively, please download our booking form here and send it as an email attachment.

Sunday is our day of worship. Due to services taking place on a Sunday we do not take group bookings for this day and there is to be no tours or group visits on this day.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that due to how busy we are with services and Christmas concerts during December we don't take any group bookings for this month.

All profits generated by Group Visits are used to help maintain the ministry and fabric of Southwark Cathedral.

Hourly Prayers

The Cathedral has established the practice of having hourly prayers throughout the day from 10.30am to 4.30pm. These are led by our Day Chaplains and last approximately two minutes. During the prayers, all visitors are requested to remain still and are invited to join in saying The Lord's Prayer, in their native language.

The Harvard Chapel

The Harvard Chapel is reserved for private prayer.  Groups may enter this chapel but Group Leaders are not permitted to speak to their members whilst in the chapel, take photographs or play music.  Please be mindful of other visitors who may be praying in this chapel.