Designed and built in the early 60’s, the Metropolitan Cathedral seats over 3,000 worshippers around a dramatic high-altar with numerous side chapels and works of modern art.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is a dramatic cathedral and draws heavily on the concepts of faith, architecture and human endeavour.
The Metropolitan Cathedral is an inspiring space and should not be missed on your trip to Liverpool.
Visitors of all faiths are encouraged to visit the cathedral, where quiet reflection and praise can be pursued.
The cathedral has hosted many important events since it was opened, and notably amongst the events was the visit of the Queen in 1977.
Other events include the National Pastoral Congress in 1980, the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982, and the launch of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland in 1990.
The vast circular space seats 2,300 people who can closely participate in the services taking place on the central sanctuary.
On the cathedral walls are embroidered hangings designed and made in the cathedral Art Studio.
Each of the chapels around the perimeter of the cathedral contains works of art and devotion by contemporary artists, and the great concrete buttresses are adorned with a “Way of the Cross” (14 stations depicting Christ’s journey to Calvary) in manganese bronze by the Liverpool artist Sean Rice.
The luminous beauty and spiritual atmosphere of this remarkable building makes the cathedral a must-see for anyone on a visit to Liverpool
The cathedral is designed primarily for liturgical celebration.
There is no charge for admission but a contribution to the upkeep of the building would be appreciated.
Guides are usually on duty to show you round and explain the mission of the cathedral.
Guided tours of the Crypt may be booked by contacting cathedral House or the Duty Guide may sometimes be able to conduct a tour between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, depending upon availability.
Photography is permitted in the Cathedral except during Services.
Visitor Centre and The Piazza
The Visitor Centre is situated at the bottom of the cathedral steps, incorporating ‘The Piazza’ for light meals, drinks and snacks, an information area and Gift Shop.
THE PIAZZA: Mon-Sun: 9am – 5.30pm
GIFT SHOP: Mon-Sun: 10am – 4pm
Toilets are situated in the lower porch under the main entrance. There are also toilets in the Visitor Centre.
The cathedral Pay and Display Car Park is normally open to visitors.
The cathedral is normally open from 7.30am to 6.00pm, but closes at 5.00pm on Sundays in winter.
The Sunday evening mass at 7.00pm is celebrated in the Crypt Chapel.
The Lutyens Crypt and the Treasury are open between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday (Last visit at 3.30pm.).
Everyone is welcome to all services. There is an admission charge of £3.00 per person. Family ticket £8.00 (2 adults & 2 children).
There is no charge to attend services and you do not need to reserve a seat.
The Crypt Chapel is not open for visits during the lunchtime mass Monday – Friday (12noon – 1.00pm).
The Crypt Hall and/or Concert Room at times may be in use for external events and thus closed to visitors.
A collection is taken for the upkeep of the cathedral at all masses on Sundays and Holy Days.
Holy Days which occur on Saturdays or Mondays are celebrated on the nearest Sunday.
Mass times on Holy Days occurring on other weekdays are as normal; the 5.15pm mass is then a choral mass.
Photography is not permitted in the cathedral during services, nor in the Crypt at any time.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
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