Bankside, the area surrounding Southwark Cathedral, has a rich and colourful history

Sometimes referred to by those on the City side of the Thames as the “side of the undesirables”, this walking tour records the time when bishops, bards, and prostitutes lived and worked alongside each other.

The walk will stop at various locations including the ruin of one of London’s riverside palaces, the site of Southwark’s famous Clink prison, St Mary Overy Dock, the Deanery and the many sites associated with Shakespeare.

This exploration of Southwark’s riverside history starts at Southwark Cathedral’s Millennium Courtyard, Montague Close, SE1 and lasts about one and a half hours.


Per Person*

Walking Tour                                                                                                      £8.00

Cathedral Tour + Escorted Walk with a Cathedral Guide       £14.00

  All prices are inclusive of VAT.

*To qualify for these rates, the minimum number of people per group is 10. The maximum number per group is 53 people.

We are willing to consider group visits 7 days per week however these will be subject to services and other activities taking place.

Further Information

For more information, to request a group  brochure or make a booking, please contact our Visits & Tours Officer by email  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.