46 reviews of Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican) in English
An amazing building - far more attractive than the odd Metropolitan Cathedral down the road.
Beautiful outside and in - we did the walk up to the top of tower and it offered stunning views. Really helpful staff at the top pointed out different sites.
Also stopped for a coffee in the Mezzanine cafe which was lovely. Well worth a vistit!
Being both different and difficult, I'm not going to review the actual Cathedral building (which is just as magnificent and beautiful as all the other reviews here describe it) but its refectory. Because yes, believe it or not, you are able to scoff a Baked Potato in one of the eaves of God's gaff - and a rather fine experience it is too.
I decided to pop into the cathedral for my lunch today out of curiosity more than anything else. A friend had told me they served some pretty stellar Scouse which seemed like just the thing to warm my bones on a decidedly rainy March afternoon. Also, I'd always liked the idea of eating in a cathedral - I never really knew it was allowed you see, and was always scared I'd go to hell if a priest caught me snacking on a Ham Sandwich in the middle of the Sunday Service.
The refectory itself looks out upon the vista of one of the oldest - and most beautiful - areas of Liverpool. Serving locally sourced sandwiches, soups, salads and Scouse, when I was there it appeared to be remarkably popular with both cathedral visitors and office workers alike.
I did think my bowl of stew was a bit pricey for what it was (I paid £4.99 for a small bowl of meat, veg and a bread roll), but all that changed with my first bite. This is delicious, warming and hearty food - the meat melts in your mouth, and is tasty and well seasoned. Plus, there was something truly lovely about sitting and watching the world go by in such beautiful surroundings which can surely be appreciated by both holy and heathen alike. Saying that though, I may have done a discreet ladyburp whilst looking at a stained glass window in the vestry afterwards. I do hope that God doesn't smite me with a thunderbolt for being an uncouth (if very well fed) slob.
Yes all those superlatives are true, and I try to time things so I can get there for evensong if I visit Liverpool. What I can't understand is why there are queues all round the quad for evensong at Kings Cambridge, but so few in many other cathedrals.
But best of all try to get to a big event such as the Health Authority Carol Concert (and many others) where the building is packed out! Wow!
I often take overseas visitors, and a Swedish friend once said "why is it so big?" I suppose part of the answer is that the generosity of the patrons was so big, but apart from the normal wow factor go try it out with another 2,999 people! Then you'll know why!
In 1904 King Edward VII laid the Foundation Stone in the presence of 7,000 people. Crippling inflation made the completion of the building a difficult task but in October 1978 Queen Elizabeth II attended the service to mark the completion of the largest Cathedral in Britain.
This is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and is just under half the size of St Peter's Basilica in Rome (The world's largest Cathedral). It is only when you get close to this building that you realise just how big it is.
The cathedral also has the highest and heaviest peal of church bells in the world. (67m/219feet) (31.5 tonnes/31tons)
There are two pipe organs in Liverpool Cathedral. The Grand Organ is the largest in the UK and probably the largest operational organ in the world. The Grand Organ has 10,268 pipes
There is also a lovely cafe for scones and tea after a gentle amble around the huge interior marvelling at the incredible architecture.
Well worth an afternoon's sightseeing.
A magnificent building worthy of a visit, it stands in stark contrast to the more modern RC Cathedral otherwise known as Paddy's Wigwam.
I walked round on 12 September whilst a choir was rehearsing, and the organ playing, and the acoustics were a little lost because the cathedral is so massive. Gazing up and around at the scale of the architecture certainly gives you open-mouthed wonderment at this splendid religious achievement. Holds organ recitals and concerts.
O My God! Who in their right mind would have ever said our glorious cathedral was ugly? Wake up please! The Anglican cathedral is truly magnificent in every conceivable way. Yes, the Metropolitan is beautiful, but not in the league with the Anglican. Plus, the Anglican is far more inviting to anyone who enters too. I visit both frequently and they both have their own points to rave about.We are lucky to have them both!
What a beautiful beautiful cathedral. the structure and interiors are breathtaking. i wasnt lucky enough to have a tour but i will definatley go back and learn more about this wonderful building.
This is traditionally what you would expect to see from a cathedral, but on a very large scale. The audio tour of the building is worth the money especially for the children who have their own special version of the tour. Do take the time to climb the tower on a clear day. The climb takes you past the bells and when you reach to top you can spot all sorts of Liverpool landmarks laid out in front of you.
An amazing place. The sheer size of the building is stunning -- when you enter you get such an overwhelming sense of space and air it’s impossible not to stop and reflect. They always get a huge Christmas tree in every year, and to be honest it’s worth going just to see that. If you’re into organs, I’m told this one is one of the most impressive anywhere in the country.
I’ve been to many Cathedrals, and quite a few (especially those that charge for entry) feel like tourist attractions. This Cathedral doesn’t. It’s a place of worship, and it feels like it. And that, surely, is how Cathedrals ought to feel.
Absolutely stunning cathedral. The view from the top is breathtaking and well worth going up for. The only cathedral i’ve been to that has its own red telephone box…i will let you discover why yourself.
This Cathedral almost always gets overlooked or overshadowed by the Metropolitan Cathedral a short distance away but each have their own charms. The Anglican Cathedral is more quiet and reserved whilst the Metropolitan has a sort of shout if from the rooftops appeal. This cathedral appeals to me far more than the other one because of its charm and beauty and the traditional architecture.
When I worked for a charity I actually had a stall inside the cathedral (along with a few other charities) and was able to give out leaflets before and after the service. As has been said many times (by almost everyone), this is a very beautiful building, especially on the inside and well worth a visit, believer or not! The cafe is adequate and the shop is well stocked and interesting. Parking is easy (at the side).
If you are visiting Liverpool - or even if you live here - this is one of the “must sees”. It is an active cathederal so please check times of services before you visit and no photography during services. Wander and gaze in astonishment at the architecture, go to the top of the tower (some steps so check with a member of staff that you will be able to make it if you are concerned) and then stop off for a coffee and cake in the cafe. Relax and enjoy
Amazing place to go if you’re in Liverpool. It is even better on the inside than on the outside. The architecture in and out is simply amazing. I recommend going to the top of the church to see the view over Liverpool, which is brilliant! If you’re lucky enough to go when a service is on, then you will most likely enjoy the day even more.
Gorgeous place to go, really beautiful and full of great archtecture.It is one of the iconic landmarks in liverpool and stands out around from all its surrounds.It really is worth a visit not just from tourist but residence of liverpool also.
The Cathedral also has its 60 boy and girl choristers which is very special when you here them sing…so beautiful.
Then also do alot of events at the cathedral esp at chistmas when the choir sings lots of tradition and fun christmas songs…very special.
This is a wonderful place to just relax if you want a quiet day out. It’s ideal for families, couples or even a place to go on your own. The truth is, it’s a great part of Liverpool’s culture and the way it is kept up shows us just how much pride the city have in its culture and history. I’ve been to the top of the tower, and even though the steps can be tiring, the view is really worth it. You see just how beautiful the city is and enjoy feeling so small compared to the rest of the world. In all, I would recommend going to the Anglican Cathedral.
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