Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SA1 9DA

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Parking: There is a 'No-Waiting' area outside the cathedral but a small area to the right of the main entrance can be used as a drop-off area (only).  Three (3) designated disability parking bays are located in Park Street (about a 10 minute walk).  The nearest car park is in Southwark Street.

Cathedral: Please telephone: 020 7367 6700 should you require staff assistance during your visit.

Level access to the cathedral is from the Millennium Courtyard off Montague Close. A number of areas are accessible by ramps, these are The Nave, South Transept and the Retrochoir.  The Parish Door allows access to the High Altar and Choir area, however the Harvard Chapel is not accessible for wheelchair users. Another accessible entrance is located near the shop in Lancelot's Link where there is a platform lift. The Refectory Cafe is also accessible and is step free from the Millennium Courtyard.

Toilets: There are two disability toilet facilities, one located on the ground floor near the Cathedral Shop, the other is in the basement near the Refectory Cafe and is accessible by lift.  NB. Both toilets need a Radar Key for entry which can be obtained from Cathedral staff or the shop.

Hearing induction loop system is in operation during services.

Large print of service sheets are also available.

Assistance dogs are welcome to all areas, water is also available.

Photography: NB. Photography is NOT permitted during services and events.  At all other times Photography is allowed by a £1 permit.

Tours: Free guided tours are available on Wednesday at 2.00 and 3.00 pm; Thursday 10.30 and 11.30; and Friday 11.00, 1.00 and 3.00 pm.

Brief description:

Southwark Cathedral is a Grade I listed building and is London's oldest Gothic church and has been a site of worship for over a thousand years when a convent was established in AD 606. In 1540 a parish church was established and it is believed that William Shakespeare and Chaucer were among its worshipers. Bishop Andrewes, Harvard and Dickens are also notable figures associated with the history of the church.  Southwark became a cathedral in 1905.


Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SA1 9DA



020 7367 6700



Map ref. OS TQ 326803

Southwark Cathedral nearest railway station and tube station is London Bridge. London Bridge tube station is a 3 minute walk via Borough High Street and is well sign-posted.

Opening Times:

Please refer to the venue's website for current religious services and events.

Visiting times for the cathedral are:

Sunday : 12.30 -3.00 pm  and 4.00 - 6.00 pm 

Monday : Friday : 9.00 - 5.00 pm

Saturday : 9.30 - 3.45 and 5.00 - 6.00 pm


The London Congestion Charge Zone ( runs from Monday to Friday and motorists have ample signage to alert them to the entry points; only vehicles that are registered by the DVLA as ‘Disabled Tax-Exempt’ are NOT liable to the Charge. Disabled Tax-Exempt drivers can also use the Dartford Crossing without charge, which is a river crossing to the east of London which links the north and south of the M25 orbital motorway.  Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) automatically identifies the registration number plate of these vehicles so that their owners do not need to take any additional action. 
Southwark is within the Congestion Charge Zone. If travelling by car, for specific directions it is best to use a satnav, but please be aware that the route may take you in and out of the Central London Congestion Charge zone. It is best to approach Central London using the excellent public transport. 

Southwark Cathedral nearest railway station and tube station is London Bridge. London Bridge tube station is a 3 minute walk via Borough High Street and is well sign-posted.

Stations:  London Bridge (mainline and underground), Borough & Southwark (underground).

River Boat: Bankside and London Bridge. See: or for route information and timetable.  

Bus:  The London Bridge Terminal is next to London Bridge. The RV1 service stops here and links lots of London attractions and is wheelchair accessible. Route 43 from North London also stops here. This map shows major bus routes in central London:

Bicycle: The Cycle Superhighway CS6 runs through Southwark, for more information on the cycle routes see: and for bike hire see:

For more information on buses, trains, tube, cycle hire, airports and river traffic please contact Transport For London on 0343 222 1234 (Textphone 0800 112 3456). For further details on accessible services please see the website: or access their travel app via a smartphone.


The Refectory Cafe is at the Cathedral. In the vicinity there is a good selection of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels to suit all budgets; Parks and green spaces, and Borough Market (closed Sunday) and  Albion Sunday Market. 
Accessible toilets at Bankside Mix (near the Tate Modern) and Jubilee Place and Market Hall at Borough Market.

Travel Information

For further travel information please see:

Or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33
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This started on 8 April 2019 in the Central London Congestion Charge Zone, and will extend to the whole of the London area within the M25 Motorway from 25 October 2021.
For more details please see:

Vehicles registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class will benefit from a grace period after the ULEZ starts until 26 October 2025 as long as their vehicle doesn't change tax class, and this also applies to a 'disabled' vehicle registered outside the UK.