Complementing the wonder and beauty of Southwark Cathedral, the Churchyard is a beautiful open space, a place of peace in the busy surrounding area.
The Churchyard and Herb Garden are integral parts of a visit to the Cathedral offering a range of activities during the summer. These will include family activities in August organised by the Education Centre, a prayer labyrinth and free live music at lunchtimes.
Southwark Cathedral has always hosted exciting and engaging Arts programmes and events and extending beyond these friendships the Cathedral has set up an informal programme of live music in the Churchyard. From time-to-time check back here for up-dates on dates and performers.
Over the Water
5-8 August, 10am-2pm
Family Learning at Southwark Cathedral. Build boats, fold flowers and sculpt statues with your children this summer in our restored churchyard. FREE drop-in activities. Check here for up-dates.
All events are free!
We believe there has been a church on this site since AD 606. There may well have been a church here even earlier. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that.
Significantly, Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality to every kind of person: princes and paupers, prelates and prostitutes, poets, playwrights, prisoners and patients have all found refuge here.