Southwark Attractions

Design museum

Ideally situated on the banks of the Thames, Design Museum exhibits modern design in all forms. The collection traces the origin of design and how it has developed over the years. The museum is the first to focus on the exhibition of mass-produced items. In today’s time and age, the museum boasts a collection of everyday objects from the 20th and 21st centuries hence offering an opportunity to look at inventive prototypes for the future. These objects can be from the fields of engineering, furniture, technology, fashion and architecture.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

The attraction invites one to step inside the most popular bridge in the world and explore its grand structure, glass floor and impressive views. The stunning walkways are elevated 140 feet above the river Thames. Now galleried, the walkways were built to transport pedestrian across the river Thames. The East walkway offers views of the Docklands and Canary Wharf whereas the West Walkway boasts architectural marvels like the Tower of London, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.

Cuming Museum

This collection of the Cuming family brings to you an exhibition on the history of Southwark from Roman times to the 19th century. Richard Cumin started collecting after his aunt gave him three fossils and an old Indian coin. The tradition was followed by his son Henry. The notable objects include the Marshalea Prison Pump and the Mannings' Tombstones

Rose Theatre

Situated on the site of Bankside's first theatre, this was the place where Shakespeare learnt his craft.

Electro-luminescents are sunken in the water and are lit to show where the remains of the theatre lie below.

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in London. It dates back to around 1220 and has a very rich history. The cathedral is home to interesting memorials linked with the Elizabethan theatres of Bankside. There is a tradition of choral music which maintains to this day in the cathedral's fine choir and with performances of the choral works.

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