During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Southwark Cathedral was closed for 103 days - which is thought to be the longest that it has ever closed for in our 1400 year history.

Visiting for Private Prayer and Reflection

From Saturday 4 July a limited part of the Cathedral will be open for reflection and private prayer.

The Cathedral will be open daily from 10.00am-3.00pm.

The short video below and further information will help you prepare for your visit.

At this time the Cathedral will not be available for general sight seeing or tour groups, and the shop, cafe and meeting areas will remain closed until further notice.

This limited reopening has been planned in accordance with Government guidance and will be continually monitored and updated to ensure safety. More details on our plans to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe are listed below.

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.


Service Times

We will be re-introducing public worship gradually over the next couple of months. 

The initial schedule for public worship is as follows;


Please note, Morning Prayer, Eucharist and Night Prayer (Compline) are streamed from the Cathedral Deanery via our Facebook page and cannot be attended.

9.00am - Morning Prayer*

11.00am - Eucharist*

8.00pm - Night Prayer (Compline)*

Monday - Saturday

From 6 July

Please note, services marked * are streamed from the Cathedral Deanery via our Facebook page and cannot be attended.

9.00am - Morning Prayer*

12.30pm - Midday Prayer in the nave

12.45pm - Eucharist in the nave

8.00pm - Night Prayer (Compline)*

From the 19 July congregation will be able to attend our 11am Eucharist and 3.00pm Evensong services in the Cathedral.  Full details to follow.

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
  • A copy of our Risk Assesement for public use of Southwark Cathedral during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic can be found here

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