London Parks & Gardens Trust

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Southwark Cathedral Gardens

Southwark Cathedral Gardens

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Directions

Follow the cycle route along Park Street under the approach to Southwark Bridge. At the end of Park Street, turn left into Bank End (outside Vinopolis) and right into the atmospheric Clink Street, passing under the railway. Take the first right into Stoney Street (not currently signposted) and left into Winchester Walk, passing Borough Market on your right. Southwark Cathedral Gardens are at the far end of the street.

Description

The cathedral gardens are on three sides of London's oldest Gothic church, completed in the 13th century after the original church burnt down. Much reduced in size from the original churchyard, the present garden was restored in 2001 and opened by Nelson Mandela, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was a curate in the Southwark diocese. The East Churchyard herb garden was constructed around the ruins of the medieval Lady Chapel, using herbs which were grown in the Apothecaries' Garden of St Thomas' Hospital, originally near the site. The South Churchyard was designed using plants with Shakespearean and biblical resonance. There are good views from the river embankment to the north. Accessible toilet available.