Group visits are welcome to Southwark Cathedral.
We are delighted to be able to welcome group tours back to the Cathedral. Due to current restrictions around social distancing and gatherings we can currently accept indoor and outdoor walking tours bookings for groups of up to 24 people, who will be guided in groups of 6 to allow for your maximum comfort and enjoyment at no extra cost to you.
At present all groups must pre-book their visit so we can make sure that you are able to access the Cathedral due to how busy we are holding services and other events and ensure we are adhering to Covid-19 guidelines.
Please note that visitors are only permitted to mix with their own household or support bubble during the tour. If you attend a tour with members outside your household or support bubble, social distancing must be maintained at all times. Thank you for your understanding.
Face coverings must be worn within the Cathedral at all times unless exempt.
To improve your experience, we can arrange for one of our Cathedral Guides to take your group on a tour of the building.
Southwark Cathedral Group Tours
We offer a Cathedral history tour which takes up to 90 minutes long.
From Priory to Church to Cathedral: A History Tour of Southwark Cathedral
Explore the Cathedral uncovering its long and varied history. Discover connections with London’s hospitals, the theatre land of Shakespeare’s day and the Bishops who held power over the area.
We also run tours which focus on different aspects of the building. These are 60 mins long.
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 with an external guide £6.00
The minimum number of people per group for a guided tour is 6 The maximum number per group is 24 people which will be divided into smaller groups. Please note we don't arrange guided tours for groups which are less then 6 people.
Whilst we make every effort to welcome everyone to Southwark Cathedral, we cannot always accommodate unbooked groups and may have to turn them away or restrict access if they are likely to be disruptive to other events taking place in the Cathedral.
Unbooked groups will be expected to make a financial contribution of a minimum of £2.00 per person in the group.
Group leaders must stay with their groups at all times in case there is an evacuation or other emergency.
School groups can visit the Cathedral by booking with the Education Centre. For more information, visit here.
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 or take photographs.
A photography permit is required for any individuals in your group who wish to take photographs. This is available for £1.00 which is half the normal price and can be pre-booked when booking your tour.
Our Southwark Cathedral Cafe is an ideal venue for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas before or after your Cathedral tour. If you wish to pre book any catering requirements please contact our Catering partner Leafi directly by email or telephone on 020 7367 6728.
Any payment for catering is to be made separately from your tour payment and must be made direct to Leafi.
Booking and further Information
For more information, to request a group brochure or make a booking, please email our Visitor Engagement Officer or telephone 020 7367 6723.
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 groups bookings for 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.