Southwark Cathedral Precinct (also known as Priory Church of St Marie Overie)8995

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The churchyard was re-landscaped in 2000/1 with a number of garden areas created when major extensions were made to the building, providing new facilities.


Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in London. It was completed in the C13th after the original church burnt down in 1212. Since then parts of the Cathedral have been used as a prison, for housing, a bakery and even a pig sty! Refounded as the Priory Church of St Marie Overie, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it became a parish church dedicated to St Saviour, eventually becoming a Cathedral in 1905 for the new Diocese of Southwark.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm; Sat/Sun 8.30am-6pm.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm; Sat/Sun 8.30am-6pm.


Rail/Tube: London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee). Bus: 21, 35, 40, 47, 343, 381, P3, P11.


  • London Parks and Gardens Trust