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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

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About this venue

Southwark Cathedral is the oldest gothic church in London, dating from around 1220, and is part of the Diocese of Southwark. According to the Doomsday Book, a place of worship has stood on this site at the southern end of London Bridge since the time of William the Conqueror. You'll love visiting this beautiful building in Bankside. Don’t miss the memorial window to William Shakespeare and the Harvard Chapel, a tribute to university founder John Harvard who was born in the parish. Alongside daily services, the cathedral runs a popular programme of organ recitals and concerts. The café and gardens are popular with visitors and locals.

Access Guide

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Cathedral, Conference Rooms, an Education Centre and Refectory.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in London.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is London Bridge.
  • The nearest underground station is London Bridge.

Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times and Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Millenium Court.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 175cm (5ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 182cm (5ft 12in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • Millenium Courtyard is accessed from Montague Street.
    • This entrance leads into the lower part of Lancelot's Link.
    • There is also an entrance off Cathedral Street leading to the top end of Lancelets Link, accessed by 3 medium steps with handrails boths sides, shown in photograph 2.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Outside Access (Cathedral Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the Churchyard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 126cm (4ft 2in) wide.

Level Change (Cathedral Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading down from Cathedral Street.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading down from Cathedral Street.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Ramp overcomes the steps mentioned, which lead into the Churchyard.

Outside Access (Refectory Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located the left of the Millenium Courtyard as you enter.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.

Level Change (Refectory Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Hearing loops are fitted in the cathedral and all of the conference rooms.
    • There is level access to the Nave from the Cathedral entrance, and to the conference rooms from the main entrance, via the lift.
    • Seating in the cathedral can be moved, so wheelchair users can sit anywhere for services.

Level Change (Cathedral)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the South Aisle.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located on the South Aisle.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Then are a further 3 medium steps past here, shown in photograph 2, leading up to the Choir, which can be overcome by a portable ramp 71 cm wide.
    • From here, there is a further fixed ramp or 2 medium steps leading to the Retrochoir, at the rear of the cathedral.
    • There are no ramps available on the north side of the cathedral, and the Harvard Chapel and North Transept are accessible by steps only.

Level Change (Lancelot's Link)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the top end of Lancelot's Link.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located on the noth side of the cathedral.
  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads from the main entrance, refectory and confernce rooms to the link to the cathedral, shop and toilets.
    • The steps lead from the cathedral to the top end of Lancelot's Link.

Lift (Platform)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the stairs leading to Lancelot's Link.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 20m (22yd) from Cathedral entrance.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 174cm (4ft 5in x 5ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1.
  • The lift is 17m (19yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 130cm (3ft 9in x 4ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Eating and Drinking (Refectory)

  • The following information is for the restaurant.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Refectory entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 59cm (1ft 11in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is main meals, sandwiches and snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 18:00..
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00..
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00..
    • Thursday 08:30 - 18:00..
    • Friday 08:30 - 18:00..
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00..
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00..

Accessible Toilet (Basement)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 2m (6ft 7in) from the lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located straight ahead from the lift on the basement level.
    • There is not level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff or the Cathedral shop.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 120cm x 184cm (3ft 11in x 6ft 0in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Level Change (Basement Accessible Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the entrance to the toilet.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 84cm (2ft 9in).

Accessible Toilet (Lancelot's Link)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the platform lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the top end of Lancelot's Link, next to the entrance off Cathedral Street.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff or the Cathedral shop.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 113cm x 207cm (3ft 8in x 6ft 9in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in the Lancelot's Link accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 96cm (3ft 1in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are 3m (9ft 10in) from the platform lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are 18m (20yd) from the Cathedral entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The female toilets are located at the top of the steps linking the Cathedral and Lancelot's Link.
    • The male toilets are located at the bottom of these steps.
    • A token is required to access these toilets, which can be purchased from the Cathedral Shop.
    • There are also standard toilets available in the basement, for the use of people using the conference rooms there only, and in the Refectory, accessed by 15+ steps only.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.
  • A raised or tactile plan of the building is available on request.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • Comments View
    • A tactile plan of the cathedral is available on request.
    • Wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow.