Liverpool Cathedrals

"Enjoy a tour of both cathedrals learning about their architecture, art and history as well as the calm uplifting interiors"

Unusually, Liverpool has been blessed with having two cathedrals – Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Catholic). Both buildings are vastly different in architecture and design but both are majestic and beautiful.

Both cathedrals are joined by the aptly named Hope Street and half way along the street are two bronze sculptures representing the life works of Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock who worked together as a uniting force in the city during the less prosperous years of the 1970s and 1980s.

You will be able to enjoy a tour of both cathedrals learning about their architecture, art and history as well as experiencing the calm and very different uplifting interiors. The Tower Experience at the Anglican Cathedral and the Crypt at the Metropolitan Cathedral are both option extras with tickets bookable in advance.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain’s biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe. It took 74 years to build from the foundation stone being laid in 1904. Sir John Betjeman called it ‘one of the great buildings of the world.’ The Cathedral has a full programme of events and hosts many conferences, large-scale gala dinners and functions.

The Cathedral is a world-class visitor attraction with a full programme of events from Cream Classics music sets to large gala dinners and conferences.

Travel to the top of the tower on the 'Tower Experience' and enjoy unrivalled panoramic views from 500ft above sea level! Here visitors can see the city and way beyond, it's also one of the best places to catch a Mersey sunset. The Tower is open every day and boasts spectacular views across the city.

The Tower Experience includes the Great Space Film on how the cathedral was built (available in 7 languages), a visit to the Bell Chamber - the world's heaviest peal of bells and of course a trip to the top!

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This dramatic icon of faith, architecture and human endeavour is spectacular in both scale and design.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was originally conceived as a huge structure in a similar style to the neo-gothic Anglican Cathedral. Of that design, only the Lutyens Crypt was built and due to the pressures of war and rising costs, the design was abandoned. The current modern, circular Cathedral opened in 1967, and features modern works of art and glorious multi-coloured windows. The majestic barrel vaults of fine brickwork and granite pillars of the original Lutyens Crypt can still be seen.

Explore the Cathedral's majestic interior which includes modern works of art and stunning design features, such as its striking Lantern Tower - the world’s largest area of coloured glass. Along with daily Masses and Services, the Cathedral runs a diverse programme of wonderful music concerts, exhibitions and special events.

Of special note is the magnificent Lutyens Crypt and Treasury, situated within the Cathedral. An architectural gem in its own right, the Crypt is one of the most significant works in this country of the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Part of Lutyens' early 20th century Cathedral design, the Crypt offers a fascinating glimpse of what might have been, had it been completed. Don’t miss a chance to explore this remarkable space. A model of the original design can be seen in the Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head.

Tower Views

Finish your tour with a visit to the top of the tower in the Anglican Cathedral over 500 feet above sea level.

Telephone Box

Find out why there is a British Red Telephone Box inside the Anglican Cathedral - it's not just for phone calls .

Cacophony of Colour

On a sunny day take a seat in the Metropolitan Cathedral and bathe in a cornucopia of colours from the Lantern.

Lutyen's Crypt

The current design was not the original for this cathedral. Discover what Lutyen's original design was like.

Further Information (For day of tour)

The cathedral visits are indoors but there is time spent outdoors when walking between the two cathedrals. Please bring appropriate clothing for wet weather. Most parts of both cathedrals are accessible for wheelchair users. The Anglican Cathedral Tower is not accessible and a good level of fitness is required.

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    Meeting Point

    The meeting point for the tour is by the steps to the Metropolitan (Catholic) Cathedral.

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    Guided Tour

    Tour begins of both cathedrals and lasts for approximately two hours twenty minutes.

  • 1

    Meeting Point

    The meeting point for the tour is by the steps to the Metropolitan (Catholic) Cathedral.

  • 2

    Guided Tour

    Tour begins of both cathedrals and lasts for approximately two hours twenty minutes.


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