We welcome groups to the Cathedral and encourage you to pre-book your visit

To improve your group’s experience of the Cathedral, we can arrange for one of our extensively-trained Cathedral Guides to take your group on a 90 minute tour of the building.

Cathedral Tour

The building known as Southwark Cathedral has existed for over 900 years as a priory church and then a parish church witnessing the changing events of London's history from its site by the Thames and London Bridge.

With one of our extensively-trained Cathedral guides, discover our story!

Explore the association with the powerful Bishops of Winchester. Learn about our connections with Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries. Discover our close history with our neighbouring hospital. Uncover the famous and infamous characters who walked in and around our Cathedral.

These tours usually run for 90 minutes.  However, we can run a shorter tour or a special programme can be developed for those wishing to specialize in literary links, architecture, or social history.

Price Per Person*

Group Tours of the Cathedral with a Cathedral Guide                 £7.00

*To qualify for these rates, the minimum number of people per group is 10. The maximum number per group is 50 people.

Groups with their own external guide

Price Per Person*

Group Tours of the Cathedral with an external guide/leader   £5.50

*To qualify for these rates, the minimum number of people per group is 10. The maximum number per guide is 18 people.

We are willing to consider group visits seven days a week although these are be subject to services and other activities taking place.

Mandatory admission charges are in operation for all group visits.

Hourly Prayers

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.

Guidebooks

For visitors to the Cathedral, a guidebook is available priced at £4.50. However for those on a group tour, this item can be purchased for £3.50.

Photography Permit

A Souvenir Map containing a short history and information about the Cathedral is available for £1.00 and also includes a photography permit for non-commercial photography and filming. 

Group Catering

Our Refectory Cafe set in a tranquil courtyard setting 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 Elior 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 Elior.

Further Information

For more information, to request a group  brochure or make a booking, please email our Visits & Tours Officer  or  telephone  on 020 7367 6734.

Alternatively, please download our booking form here and send it as an email attachment.

All profits generated by Group Visits are used to help maintain the ministry and fabric of Southwark Cathedral.