I've always wanted to visit Liverpool Cathedral, a Grade I Listed Building, but not had the opportunity until my recent trip to the City (January 2015). It's Britain's largest Cathedral, free of charge though donations are encouraged, and visiting this ginormous building is certainly worth a visit. Climbing up the tower for the great city views (even greater on a sunny though very cold day)!
At the turn of the 20th Century plans were made for Liverpool to have a Cathedral. Giles Gilbert Scott and George Bodley were architects chosen and the Lady Chapel, first part of the Cathedral, was completed in 1910.
A redesign of the Cathedral with a Central Tower by Scott followed. The redesign allowed for more interior space and with a modern style as opposed to the popular and preferred Gothic style. The then Lady Chapel was demolish and building began in earnest after the First World War. The first section of the Cathedral was completed in 1924. Following Scott's revised plans for the next phase, work recommenced a year later including the tower and central transept which was completed in the 1942. The Cathedral received considerable damage during the World War II's blitzes. No further work was done until 1948 and repairs to the Cathedral, particularly the Lady Chapel, were completed in 1955.
Scott didn't live to see the completion of the Nave Bridge in 1960. Frederick Thomas redesigned the Cathedral's west front particularly with Carl Edward's Benedicite Window and a thanksgiving to mark the Cathedral's completion took place in 1978 with Queen Elizabeth II present. Since the completion, a Visitor Centre has been opened along with a restaurant, cafe and shop. One can go up the tower, tickets are 5.00 gbp (January 2015), and enjoy the views and the building's interiors. Care is ensured that work around the Cathedral took place with the 'Queen's Walk' formally opened in 1991.
Please note you need to purchase a photo permit should you wish to take photos inside the Cathedral and photography isn't permitted during services, school visits and choir rehearsals.
Liverpool's huge Anglican cathedral (the largest in the UK) can be found at the end of an uphill walk from the city centre via the Chinatown district. It's worth taking a walk up to see it as it truly is one of England's most impressive and atmospheric cathedrals.
I enjoyed walking around the cathedral and seeing the beautiful stained windows which were filtering the light on a particularly sunny and bright day. An organist was playing as I looked around which added to the atmosphere of this great building.
The highlight for me was visiting the more intimate setting of the Lady Chapel with its stunning window and altar. I had this space to myself when I visited so it was a really pleasant, calming and tranquil experience.
Donations are encouraged, although there is no set entrance fee unless you want to go up the tower or take a film or audio tour.
This was our second cathedral of the day; in this one we enjoyed a coffee when the organ was being played as part of a recital.
It was busy and the space was huge. There was also an art exhibition being held in the cathedral by the South Liverpool Arts Group.
There were many young visitors, mostly groups from Spain it seemed - we had an enjoyable time there and also a pleasant coffee in the Mezzanine Café.
The Cathedral as it now stands is the fourth attempt at building a Roman catholic Cathedral in the city. The work started in 1962 and the Cathedral was consecrated on Whit Sunday, 14 May 1967.
There is a Crypt that was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and this is the only part of his cathedral design to be completed.
It should be noted that the Lutyens design had a foundation stone laid on Whit Monday, 5 June 1933; the then Pope, Pius XI suggested that the Cathedral be dedicated to Christ the King.
I paid a visit to this unique Catholic Cathedral perched on a hill in the City Centre. Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1967 although the Crypt (designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) was built in 1958. Frederick Gibbard's designed the Cathedral with central seating for 2,300 people. There are a number of chapels placed round the Cathedral. I enjoyed looking around and admired the interior architecture especially the stained glass cupola.
There are guides available who can able to show you around. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated. There is also a visitors centre and The Piazza and a gift shop.
The Catholic Cathedral (Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool) is one of the most famous landmarks - and most controversial sights - of the city. Locals often call it Paddy's Wigwam or Mersey Funnel. My friend called it Sauron's Crown. I still don't know if I like it and tend rather not to do so. The Cathedral is completely round, has around a dozen of side chapels as well as many works of religious modern art. The use of colourful stained glass windows in the lantern give it an interesting colour effect in the interior.
The decision to build a new Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool was published in 1853 when the Great Famine was driving thousands of Irishmen abroad and many of them fled to Liverpool. Financial resources were used for people in need and so the construction of the new Cathedral. Finally, a new design from 1933 by Edwin Lutyens was approved and construction began soon afterwards. The Lutyens design was a Neorenaissance building with what would be the largest dome in the world. Due to WWII however, construction stopped in 1941. Adrian Gilbert Scott (brother of Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the Anglican Cathedral) came up with a new, more economical design in the 1950s using the finished crypt of the Lutyens design. It was rejected and finally Sir Fredrick Gibberd resumed the construction in 1962. Five years later, it built the monster we know today.
Entry is free, but there is a small fee to see the crypt and the treasury. That was not possible when we visited the church. However, it seems that the crypt is THE part of this church you should really visit.
Though the Cathedral is a little further away from the main sights along the Mersey, it is worth a detour. The Cathedral Church of Christ is a masterpiece of Neogothic architecture and designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott - the same guy who designed the iconic red phone box. Scott won the design competition together with George F. Bodley in 1903, but it was only after that that the diocese discovered that Scott was a Roman Catholic. When Bodley left the team in 1910, Scott changed the initial design. Still, budget problems and WWII delayed the construction of the Cathedral. Scott died in 1960 and did not see his work finished (he did however see the consecration of the first chapel, the Lady Chapel, in 1910). The cathedral was completed in 1978 and includes a monument dedicated to its architect just below the tower. It also has a red phone box on exhibition as well as a picture of Giles Gilbert Scott in a stained glass window. As a Roman Catholic however, he is buried outside of the Cathedral. His famous quote about the Cathedral says everything about its dimensions: " Don't look at my arches, look at my spaces."
The Cathedral is the second longest church in the world and the fifth largest Cathedral by volume. The tower is one of the highest non-spired church towers in the world. It houses one of the heaviest carillons, including "Great George", the second heaviest bell on the British Isles. Like medieval cathedrals, it also has an octagonal chapter house. This is rather used as a chapel than for clergy meetings.
Visit is free (donation suggested), there is a charge for audioguides and tower visits. The most important places to see are the choir, the Lady Chapel, the chapter house and the large dimensions of the main nave. Note also he bridge connecting the two sides.
One of the strangest looking buildings in Liverpool is the tepee shaped Catholic Cathedral.
It's full name is The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King. It took 5 years to build and was consecrated on the 14 May 1967.
OPENING TIMES (From The Website):
The Cathedral is normally open from 7.30am to 6.00pm, but closes at 5.00pm on Sundays in winter.
There is no charge for admission but a suggested donation of £2.50 for the upkeep of the building would be appreciated.
A charge of £3.00 is made for individual admission to the Crypt and Treasury. Tickets for admission can be obtained from the Golden Book Office, situated within the Cathedral, or from the Gift Shop (at the foot of the main approach steps).
You may make a donation towards the upkeep which would be gratefullly received.
Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest in the UK and the fifth biggest on the Planet. The Foundation stone for this magnificent building was laid in 1904 with the completion of the whole of the Cathedral in 1978 making it by far the newest Cathedral I have been in. A vast awe inspiring open space awaits you on entering the building. Fantastic vaulted ceilings tower above you and modern stained glass windows dominate the West Porch.
There is a lovely little gift shop near the entrance where you can buy an official guide to the Cathedral or you can borrow an audio guide which will take you around, providing information about the most interesting features to be found here.
The most stiking feature is the stain glass. If there is any sun around, the light that pours in from the crown is wonderful, and because of the different coloured glass, changes as you walk around the church. I love the wonderful wall hangings (a must for any craft enthusiast). Shop and coffee shop not as good as at the church down the road! But don't miss the crypt, it is quite a surprise!
The RC cathedral was originally designed and building started pre WW2. After the war, this plan was felt too expensive, so a competition was launched for a new design, and the result is what you now see above the ground, but the crypt from the original plan remains, (Along with a model of what was intended by the architect)
Ironically, the 1960's plan, using moderm materials for example concrete, has required so much repair in recent times that it has cost considerably more than if the original design had been built!
The bells at the front of the Cathedral, are known locally as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!
The Anglican Cathedral is much more traditional in style than the Catholic one, but is in fact not that much older.
The decision to build a cathedral was made in 1901 and after an open competition a design by Giles Gilbert Scott was chosen. The first stage of building (the Lady Chapel) was completed in 1910 but the cathedral was not finally completed until 1978.
It claims a number of records including:
The largest cathedral in the UK
The highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world
The highest and widest Gothic arches in the world
The cathedral is open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
On the northern side is a former quarry which became first the cemetery and is now a park.
This modern cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool. The Catholic diocese was established in 1850, but there were several abortive attempts at a cathedral over the following century (involving designs by Pugin and Lutyens), before Frederick Gibberd's design was built in the 1960s. The circular space seats 2,300 people.
The concrete buttresses inside are adorned with a 'Way of the Cross' (14 stations depicting Christ's journey to Calvary) in bronze. I didn't have a chance to visit the cathedral crypt, but this is apparently the only part of Lutyens' design that was built and is very different from the upper cathedral.
The exterior of the building seems rather reminiscent of an Aztec or Mayan temple - you approach the building via broad steps and at the top are metal panels depicting stylised birds.
The cathedral is normally open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. There is no charge, but a donation towards the upkeep of the building is appreciated.
The vast amount of stained glass on the roof and coloured lights inside make this cathedral like no other I have ever been inside. Sometimes its hard to imagine you are in any kind of church at all, sometimes its a cross between a circus tent and the starship enterprise.
This building is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool who is the spiritual leader of all the faithful of the Northern Province of the Catholic Church in England comprising seven dioceses in all.
I have been to many cathedrals all over Europe and this one is definately the most unusual both inside and out.
The Cathedral is normally open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, but closed at 5.00pm on Sundays in winter. There is no charge for admission.
Queen Elizabeth II opened this massive cathedral in 1978. The massive 'old skool' cathedral is the largest of its type in England, despite its young age. Inside, your view immediately wanders towards the dome ceiling that is incredibly high above you. Designed in a neo-gothic style with quite many details. The cathedral staff is very helpful and nice as well and they will try to answer all of your questions, unfortunately when we visited they were short staffed and acess to the tower view wasn't possible. There's also a cafe and a souvenir shop inside the cathedral.