Visit the modernist Metropolitan Cathedral and gain insight into Liverpool’s religious history as you explore its crypts, treasury, and unique structure. As you take in its unusual circular design, learn about the Catholic cathedral’s close relationship with its Anglican sister on the other end of Hope Street, or attend a service or concert for an immersive experience.
The cathedral, completed in 1967, was based on design by Frederick Gibberd, but proposed designs date back to 1853. In 1933, building began on Sir Edwin Lutyens’ vision for a massive church, but only the crypt, which remains today, was built. Visit for the architecture or to attend the annual Beer Festival. See the church and other Liverpool highlights via the hop-on hop-off bus, and combine a visit with one to the cathedral’s Anglican neighbor.
Things to Know Before You Go
The cathedral is a must for anyone interested in Liverpool’s social history.
Entrance to the main building is free, but a donation is encouraged. There is a small charge to enter the crypt and treasury.
The cathedral is wheelchair-accessible, with a sloped entrance and access to the crypt via a lift.
How to Get There
The Metropolitan Cathedral is about 10 minutes’ walk from central Liverpool. Bus No. 25 stops at Brownlow Hill, next to the cathedral. The cathedral has a paid parking lot available to all visitors, with marked disabled spaces. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop nearby.
When to Get There
The cathedral is open daily, though as an active church it holds regular services throughout the day, which visitors are welcome to attend. It also hosts many concerts throughout the year, including carol concerts in December. The annual beer festival, held in the crypt, is a popular event.
Fish and Chips
Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock hold a special place in Liverpool’s heart. The two religious leaders worked together during the sectarian divide of the 1970s and 1980s. Affectionately nicknamed “fish and chips” because they were “always together and never out of the papers,” their work is commemorated via the Sheppard-Worlock Statue on Hope Street, the road that unites the two cathedrals.