Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A 15-minute walk from its Anglican counterpart along Hope Street, 1960s' "futurism" best describes the exterior of what's locally know as "Paddy's Wigwam." The huge interiors illuminated by natural light through the exquisite stained glass is worth the journey itself.
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  • allanmillie
    Glasgow, United Kingdom39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs to be experienced
    The cathedral is breathtaking. The design especially the stained glass is amazing. Although there was quite a few people in the atmosphere is calm and reflective, which is incredible given the size. It is difficult to describe you really need to encounter it yourself. Do not visit without going down to the crypt. We were lucky that we were shown round by Mike, a lovely and interesting man. I'm not religious but this is a special place.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany7,770 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even More Grand When You Can Celebrate Mass
    My wife and I had visited this Catholic Cathedral on a previous trip to Liverpool, but we did not attend a Mass. Since we were now here on a Sunday, it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate Mass with the Liverpool community. This is a much more modern looking cathedral than the Anglican one even though it is much older. Both are gorgeous so you cannot compare the styles. Come here to find peace and tranquility.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Maris F
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful stained glass and friendly staff
    Visited whilst on holiday in Liverpool. Outside of building looks modern but is stunning and well worth a visit. As we visited on a sunny day the outdoor stained glass looked beautiful. The inside contained beautiful artwork and information about the cathedral links to other parts of the world. Will definitely visit again if in Liverpool.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • wendyanddavid536
    Solihull, United Kingdom2,124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Building!
    Paddy's Wigwam just takes your breath away as you enter, especially if, like us, you enter when the sun is shining. The whole cathedral is suffused with multi-coloured light coming through the huge number of beautiful stained glass windows and the fabulous lantern roof. There was virtually no one there when we went, so no tours, but a lovely lady Mary (who was manning the entrance to the crypt) gave us a private show round then encouraged us to visit the crypt; another amazing place, absolutely vast, with many fascinating exhibits there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Jenny R
    113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    This is a beautiful building. You must visit if you’re in the area. It’s a large building but the lighting in there is lovely. We were greeted by a friendly gentleman when we arrived who also had relatives who lived in Sheffield. All the staff make you feel welcome.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 August 2023
  • permia
    63,460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything about it is astounding
    It is an astonishing and inspiring holy place. Resulting from the determination of the city's Catholic leaders, beginning in the late 1920s when renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design an appropriate Cathedral. His plans envisioned the creation of an edifice that would be the second largest church in the world. WW II brought the building works to an abrupt halt but what was achieved by then is now the tremendous Lutyens Crypt. It served as the Cathedral till 1967. An exquisite Treasury is housed here. Post-war, plans were of necessity much scaled back. What we gaze at and admire today is a unique build that was opened with great ceremony and fanfare in 1967. Everything about it is astounding. Moving beyond the distinctive profile and stepping inside is to be enveloped with a multihued light filled area. Circular in outline it has Catholic iconography in modern artistic from. Including the striking Stations of the Cross. A couple of sculptures are worth highlighting. The Need for Freedom by the Ukrainian artist Dmitry Iv shows a female figure chained but rising. How very appropriate for today. Sean Rice’s Abraham Our Father in Faith depicts a church father moving from intense pain to relief when God absolved him from slaying his son Isaac.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Ros T
    Devizes, United Kingdom658 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    This is a cathedral worth visiting. The dramatic and unusual design is worth seeing inside and out. Free to enter, but you can leave a donation. Interesting information boards explaining the history of the building are at the entrance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom4,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Retro feel
    A completely different feel to Liverpool Cathedral but just as impressive. The retro design was more light and airy than the huge red brick edifice less than a mile away. We happened to turn up during an organ recital so enjoyed listening to that whilst doing a circuit of the building.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • northbaychris
    North Bay, Canada110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very unique cathedral
    A very unique modern cathedral, that is very impressive. Never seen anything like it before; a circular church. There is also a very interesting Crypt on the grounds but I did not get a chance to see it, due to time restraints, but it is suppose to be impressive to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • BuddyandSam
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    I have visited this iconic cathedral many times , today I was invited by a group to a guided tour for the first time. It is a must the tour showed me how little I knew . Our guide imparted his knowledge with such passion and pride. You must also visit the crypt Liverpool’s ‘third’ cathedral. A wonderful experience that I would recommend to people of all faiths.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 January 2024
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Jim B
Cardiff, UK951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Even on a gloomy February morning the warmth in this Cathedral was evident. It is beautifully laid out and part of the lighting comes bursting through the stained glass.
It is worthwhile visiting the crypt and seeing the displays there. The history of the construction and the silver vaults are both fascinating.
Written 25 February 2020
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Bluerobin59
Warrington, UK3,173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited the Crypt for the first time which was an excellent experience. Love the main Cathedral with its beautiful stained glass and wood. A volunteer suggested visiting the Crypt so came back the next day. It was well worth it. The history of how the original Cathedral wasn’t built and this Crypt was left is fascinating and the building itself is beautiful. It was £3 to visit. There are information videos and panels with photos etc also a treasury with precious items.
Written 15 January 2020
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Andy_Viv
Ryde, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A wonderful light and airy interior. It helps to also visit the Anglican cathedral at the other end of the street to appreciate how successful the Metropolitan cathedral is. Both cathedrals when planned were designed to impress with a dash of “my cathedral is bigger than yours”. Only the Anglican was built mostly as designed and I find it something of an unfriendly gloomy monster. Work on the Metropolitan stopped when the money wasn’t available so what you see today is a modern design built on a budget, but as the brief was to create a light and open space for worship it is highly successful.
The altar is central with the seating radiating around the circular floor plan. Stained glass windows are at intervals around the side and your eyes are drawn upwards by the roof ribs to the central lantern that beams light downward. It really is a lovely interior. If you have time and it is open a visit to the crypt under the floor is recommended. This is what remains from the original design by Lutyens and it gives a good idea of the scale of the original concept that I suspect would have been another monster of a building. It’s ironic that this cathedral done cheaply is the best of the two for its purpose.
Written 22 April 2022
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Sheron B
Taunton, UK247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The highlight, for me, was the crypt, which was built to the first design by Lutyens in a purple brick. The cathedral itself is a sixties design, built when they realised Lutyens original design would cost millions to build. Worth a visit…go first thing, there are lots of school parties by midmorning.
Written 19 November 2021
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Swetrat
Portsmouth, UK802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If your time Liverpool is limited, we'd suggest that you prioritise a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Its elevated position overlooking Hope Street is an appropriate location for this ambitious building. The crown like exterior conceals a memorable and vast interior with its central altar bathed in blue light from the stained glass. Noticeably less busy than the nearby Anglican cathedral.
Written 19 March 2020
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GKTravellers
Harrogate, UK1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The modern design makes this catholic cathedral unique. Although striking from the outside it is the inerior that wows. The contemporary designed stained glass windows and vast circular nave make a striking impact. Entry was free although donations of 5 pounds or more are encouraged.
Written 27 December 2021
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YostickiTP
Ilkley25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The cathedral is an impressive space, slightly Tardis like in so much as it seems larger on the inside than out. Excellent parking underneath and a lift for the elderly parents, very friendly, informative and approachable staff. The cherry on the cake however is the Cathedral Cafe Bar at the foot of the steps. We went in for a quick lunch and every time we got up to leave another amazing tune came on. If Liverpool is the city of music this cafe has tuned in and found the resonant harmonic!
Written 3 January 2020
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Jake-from-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The superb Catholic Cathedral is now open to the public 7 days a week albeit with adjusted new (temporary) hours. Opens every day at 12 noon til 4pm. Public Masses have also started again from this weekend ...... Masses at 4pm Saturday, 9am and 11am Sunday then 12 noon each weekday. These will hopefully return to normal times eventually but not in the short term.
It is a beautiful place to visit and to reflect and pray ...... and just great to be open again after the closedown.
Written 12 July 2020
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Beth C
Stockton-on-Tees, UK540 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's difficult to rate this visit.... Nobody can deny it is a unique structure, but I find it absolutely hideous to look at!! Really quite an eyesore.
Inside is vast but quite dark and the light really doesn't come through the stained glass well.
Visiting the crypt is a bit costly for what it is I thought, considering there really isn't much down there. The story of the development of the cathedral was vaguely interesting and the brickwork structure of the crypt is honestly quite beautiful. You kind of feel like you're wondering around an area you shouldn't be in though, when we visited it was all set up for a local university graduation ceremony.
Bizarre, vaguely interesting, mostly just really ugly and a bit sad.
Written 26 July 2022
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S Duggan
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The other cathedral in Liverpool (there are two) is well worth a visit even if you are not religious. Locally known as 'Paddy's Wigwam' this circular cathedral was entirely funded by the people of Liverpool. The stained glass lantern illuminates the inner space in different colours all depending on the position of the sun (last Sunday afternoon it was blue). Please make the effort to go.
Written 4 March 2020
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