Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

Cathedral House
Mount Pleasant
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 5TQ

Tel: +44 (0)151 709 9222

Outside shot of the Cathedral with blue skies and a few clouds.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Crypt£5.00 per ticket
Crypt£12.00 per ticket

Family Ticket - 2 adults and two children.

About

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This dramatic icon of faith, architecture and human endeavour is spectacular in both scale and design.

Explore the Cathedral's majestic interior which includes modern works of art and stunning design features, such as its striking Lantern Tower - the world’s largest area of coloured glass. Along with daily Masses and Services, the Cathedral runs a diverse programme of wonderful music concerts, exhibitions and special events. 

Of special note is the magnificent Lutyens Crypt and Treasury, situated within the Cathedral. An architectural gem in its own right, the Crypt is one of the most significant works in this country of the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Part of Lutyens' early 20th century Cathedral design, the Crypt offers a fascinating glimpse of what might have been, had it been completed. Don’t miss a chance to explore this remarkable space.​​​​​

The Crypt, buried deep under the Metropolitan Cathedral, is all that remains of towering plans for a cathedral for Liverpool, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1930. It was due to become the largest cathedral in the world, but the project was abandoned after the Second World War.

With four vast neo-classical halls featuring intricate brickwork, leadlight windows and vaulted ceilings, the Crypt is an unexpected and ambitious contrast to the striking, modernist cathedral that now sits above it. The dramatic space is often referred to as ‘Liverpool’s third cathedral’.

Members of the public can once again visit the atmospheric Lutyens Crypt – which now includes a permanent exhibition exploring its fascinating story and the cathedral-that- never- was. Co-curated by members of the local community Secrets of the Crypt takes visitors back through hundreds of years of history to discover the people and stories behind this astonishing space, including:

• Apprentice bricklayer 19 year-old Arthur Brady, who was the only man left working on the crypt when his colleagues were called up to fight in WWII. Once he was called up, construction came to a standstill for 15 years.

• The crypt as a focal point for celebration and sadness in the city. It became an air-raid shelter for local people during WWII; and later saw more than 1 million people turning out for the visit of the Pope in 1982 and an outdoor Mass for more than 9,000 people on 16 April 1989, the day after the Hillsborough disaster.

Entrance to the Crypt also includes access to the Crypt’s glittering Treasury, which contains a priceless collection of church artefacts and sacred vessels – the largest of such kind in the North West.

The Lutyens Crypt is open Monday – Saturday 10am - 4pm. Tickets are priced at £5 and can be purchased from the Cathedral welcome desk.

Book Tickets

Facilities

Other

  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • Bus Route
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Gift Shop
  • Guides Available
  • Large Parties
  • Parking Available
  • Permanently Free Admission to attraction
  • Schools Accepted
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Jct 21a of M6, take M62 to Liverpool City Centre, follow brown 'Cathedrals' signs. From Cheshire, follow signs to Liverpool via Tunnels (tolls applicable), then city centre and 'Cathedrals' signs.

Public Transport Directions

Located in Liverpool City Centre, 10 minutes walk frm Lime Street Station.No 4 'Smart' bus from Paradise Street bus station in the city centre.

TripAdvisor

Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2021
  • Excellent
    2039
  • Very Good
    787
  • Average
    187
  • Poor
    39
  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • YorkYorkiegirl
    York
    Well worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 1st October 2021
    Great place to visit. Interesting and impressive. Nice to see the lovely modern architecture Cafe and bookshop closed, alas. Read full review
  • GeorgeMP93
    Glyfada, Greece
    Religions set apart, this building is majestic.
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th October 2021
    Must have been the most modern church I 've ever been to. Yet when you enter, the whole experience is extremely atmospheric and you get blended in with the religious sentiment. Entrance is free, so I... Read full review
  • jamesakinsley
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Glorious
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 8th October 2021
    An absolute must-see, it's a jaw-dropping building, with equally impressive artwork inside (the stations of the cross are magnificent) Read full review

Opening Times

Cathedral 2021 (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)
DayTimes
Monday07:3018:00
Tuesday07:3018:00
Wednesday07:3018:00
Thursday07:3018:00
Friday07:3018:00
Saturday07:3018:00
Sunday07:3018:00
The Lutyens Crypt 2021 (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)
DayTimes
Monday10:0015:30
Tuesday10:0015:30
Wednesday10:0015:30
Thursday10:0015:30
Friday10:0015:30
Saturday10:0015:30
SundayClosed

Awards

  • National AwardsDisabledGo DisabledGo 2013
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Regional AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
  • VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

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