Southwark Cathedral has had a long and distinguished history. In nearly 900 years of Christian witness and mission, the church has seen the events of history unfold around it. A tour with a Cathedral guide will help you uncover this rich and colourful history in a both informative and entertaining manner.
We offer a drop-in tour led by one of our Cathedral guides on Friday at 11am or 1pm and Sunday at 1pm. The tour lasts around 45 minutes. Because the Cathedral can get busy, we recommend that you check whether the tour is on, via our online calendar or by phone: 020 7367 6700
The cost of a tour is £3 per person and children under 16 go free.
If a tour isn’t available on the day that you have come to see the Cathedral, then it is possible that one or more of the Cathedral Guides, identified by a purple neck ribbon, may be on duty and available to conduct informal tours for individuals.
Descriptive signage around the Cathedral is there to assist and enhance an individual’s visit.
There is also a Souvenir Map available which costs £1 and includes a photography permit, or the more extensive Cathedral Guidebook, priced £4.50. Both of these items are available in the shop.
Because the building is a busy and active Cathedral church, we strongly encourage all groups to pre-book their visit.
The Cathedral Guides are extensively trained over a number of months on the cathedral history. Once qualified as a guide, they are encouraged to continue their research on the Cathedral history. Many of our guides guide elsewhere and we have several who are also City of London guides.
Here in the cathedral, the guides are all volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer guide, please contact our Visits & Tours Officer, Ruth Miller - tel: 020 7367 6734