Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, Liverpool

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Seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool is also known as "Paddy's Wigwam" or the "Mersey Funnel." The construction of the modern building took from 1962 to 1967. Visit the bright nave and cathedral for a service or simply pop in to admire Frederick Gibberd's design. Include the crypt under the cathedral in your tour; a different designer prior to World War II constructed it earlier. This sheltered granite hideaway hosts the Liverpool Beer Festival every year, which attracts visitors from the around the world. Use our Liverpool tour planner to visit Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool on your trip to Liverpool, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is very modern beautiful place, It's colourful. Its worth the visit. Its very peaceful as well.  more »
  • It need not take much time but a visit to Liverpool is incomplete without visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral, other you are religious or not. It is so different from most Roman Catholic cathedrals an...  more »
  • The action of sunlight on the interior of this cathedral has to be seen. The open layout of the area of worship is certainly different.  more »
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  • From the outside it's an astounding piece of architecture and worth a quick walk around. Entrance is free but a donation is welcomed. Photography is permitted. Despite its circular layout the interior changes remarkably as you walk around. There are chapels and alcoves evenly spaced around the perimeter. In the centre, high above is the central stained glass spire. Sadly due to safety concerns there is a net underneath. It's a wonderful space to walk around & very peaceful. There is a cafe and amenities and a car park, which was full when I visited.
  • Beautiful building inside and out. Peaceful and spiritual. The sort of building that overseas is a real tourist attraction, but having it on the doorstep in Liverpool it's easy to forget how stunning it is.
  • If you have spare time, do not miss a chance to visit this cathedral. Even though it might not be able to compare with the Anglican Cathedral 7-minute-walk away, it definitely has some charm, some unique characteristics in it.
  • Approaching the Cathedral from the Anglican Cathedral down Hope Street its very striking on how different the 2 cathedrals are. On reaching Mount Pleasant, the Cathedral rises up majestically a flight of steps but for those less able go round the side of the Cathedral where there is a lift. Inside the Cathedral, the stained glass fills the worship area with a multitude of colour and the circular configuration is very imposing. Originally the Cathedral was going to be built to a design by Sir Edwin Lutyen and would have been the 2nd largest church in the world and has a crypt in fitting with the proposed size. This is usually open to the public but it was closed when we were there so unfortunately we couldnt visit it. However, World War II interrupted the building and after the was the Luytens design was abandoned and replaced by one designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd. Building work recommenced in 1962 and was finished 14 May 1967.
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Hall - Wonderful and dramatic space. The University of Liverpool Graduation Reception for the online students is usually here. Every time we attend it is a great conclusion to years of study for many students. The space is available for rent. Catering facilities are convenient.

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Where to stay in Liverpool

Liverpool is packed with all kinds of hotels, including international chains, posh hostels, independent boutique hotels, family-run B&Bs, and historical country mansions. To take advantage of the city's explosive culinary and cultural scene, consider staying in Liverpool's historical central district. The city's Georgian Quarter is also quite charming. Bookended by the iconic Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, this neighborhood is home to some the city's finest boutique hotels offering cozy rooms and trendy downstairs eateries.
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