News: Reopening the Cathedral to Visitors on 3 August

The Dean and Chapter of Southwark Cathedral are delighted to announce that from Monday 3 August Southwark Cathedral will be fully re-opened and visitors will once again be able to come and explore this beautiful sacred space which is so full of history

This next stage of re-opening follows the successful re-opening of the Nave for Private Prayer and Public Worship.  From 3 August the visitor route around the Cathedral will include the Churchyard and the Retro Choir and Transepts as well as the nave, which remains open for Private Prayer.

A newly commissioned statue of Shakespeare sitting musing on a bench is a new feature in the Churchyard and visitors are encouraged to sit with and take a photo with the bard, using the hashtag #withthebard. Twitter: @Southwarkcathed  Instagram: southwark_cathedral  

The Sub Dean of Southwark, The Revd Canon Michael Rawson, said,

‘We are so pleased to be able to welcome visitors to the Cathedral once again and have taken all possible precautions to ensure that the Cathedral is a safe and tranquil environment for our visitors. We very much look forward to seeing you. It is also exciting that The Café will re-open five days a week from Friday 31 July.’

A full copy of this news release can be downloaded here

Enjoy this short whistle-stop tour of the Cathedral by the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark.


The Cathedral has implemented a one way route (see map below), with access through the Churchyard Gate on Cathedral Street, opposite the Breadahead Bakery and exiting via the Millennium Courtyard on Montague Close opposite the River Thames.  The Quire and Chancel will remain closed to the public until further notice. 


How are we keeping you safe?

We are committed to the continued well being of all those who visit, work and worship at Southwark Cathedral.

In our on-going efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your time with us.

  • A designated entrance, at the Churchyard gates on Bedale Street and designated exit through the Millennium Courtyard on Montague Close
  • A one way route through the Cathedral that reinforces physical distancing guidelines
  • A limit to the number of people in the Cathedral at one time – please note you may be asked to queue
  • The provision of hand sanitizer stations throughout the site
  • Freely available toilet facilities to promote frequent handwashing
  • Card and contactless only payment facilities
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints including handles, rails, seating and toilet facilities

What can I do to help?

  • Please visit us at another time if you or a member of your household or group are feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands often using soap or water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • Wear a face covering
  • Stay at least 2m away from others and follow the one way route around the Cathedral
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not in your hand or the air

Above all, we look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral from the 3 August.