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
Entrance To the CathedralFree
Lutyens Crypt£5.00 per ticket
Lutyens Crypt Family Ticket£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
    2048
  • Very Good
    790
  • Average
    187
  • Poor
    39
  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • 857geoffh
    Sissinghurst, United Kingdom
    More beautiful on the inside
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th December 2021
    Nicknamed "Paddy's Wigwam" because of its shape, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is, to me, much more beautiful on the inside than it is on the outside. When the sun shines, the... Read full review
  • GKTravellers
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    Impressive interior
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th December 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... Read full review
  • david n
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Interesting
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 31st December 2021
    You can easily see why its nickname is Paddy's wigwam though we quite liked this. Inside, a very good design and the metal sculptures around the sides - like stations of the cross - were superb... Read full review

Opening Times

Cathedral 2022 (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022)
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 2022 (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022)
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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