Places of Worship: Inner City (University Quarter)
Liverpool Metropolitan RC Cathedral
Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. L3 5TQ • (0151) 709 9222
The largest Catholic cathedral in England, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is a dramatic icon of faith, architecture, and human endeavour. An awe-inspiring landmark on the Liverpool skyline that you will not want to miss.
The Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Liverpool and the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool, the spiritual leader of the whole Northern Province of the Catholic Church in England. The striking design of the present Cathedral is actually the fourth attempt by the Catholic Church in the North West of England to build a mother church for the Liverpool diocese – and the culmination of a story that stretches back over a century.
In 1930 the diocesan authorities purchased the nine acre site of the former Liverpool Work House for £110,000. Sir Edwin Lutyens, (1869-1944) famous for his palatial country houses, was commissioned to design a cathedral to contrast with the Gothic gem of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott which was rising at the other end of Hope Street, where building had started in 1904. Three years later the foundation stone was laid and building of the Crypt went on apace until 1941 when the war years brought the cessation of building. After the war the Crypt was completed and remains part of the present Cathedral (a magnificent fragment of what might have been) but costs to build the remainder of the building had now risen to an impossible £27 million.
Plans had to be dramatically reduced and architects throughout the world were invited in 1960 to design a Cathedral for Liverpool which would relate to the existing Crypt. Sir Frederick Gibberd’s (1908-1984) design was chosen, and building began in October 1962. Less than five years later the completed Cathedral was consecrated.
Free Entry, Café Serving Meals.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 7.30am-6pm daily. Lutyens Crypt is open 10am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday Mass Times (most are held in the Crypt) are 6.30pm (Vigil - Saturday), 8.30am, 10am, 11am (Choral - Cathedral), 7pm (please check the website for any late changes). Admission is free to the Cathedral; there is a small admission charge to visit Lutyens Crypt.
Advance booking is not required.
Located east of the city centre in the University Quarter, on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. The main entrance is up the steps at the end of Hope Street.
Liverpool Central railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Limited onsite parking available - payment required.
Liverpool Metropolitan RC Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. L3 5TQ • (0151) 709 9222
Last Updated Tuesday 21 April 2020
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