Visiting Liverpool Cathedral

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool Cathedral

Like so many attractions and organisations, at this time we are affected by staff and volunteer absences as we manage the impact of the Omicron variant. You may find that parts of your encounter with Liverpool Cathedral may be affected with fewer people to welcome you or our shop, tower or catering, and changes to opening times at short notice.

We will do our very best to let you know any changes to our normal times. However, we are sorry as some of this may have to happen at short notice.

We are sure you will appreciate the challenges that we, and all organisations, face at this time. We trust you still have a great visit to Liverpool Cathedral

Please check our Opening Hours webpage before your visit before coming to see us as our visiting times do vary.

You can read more about the changes we’ve made to help keep you and our team safe in A Safe Visit section of this webpage.

 

Worship Services 

Join us for our daily worship services. You’ll find information about our services on the Worship section of our website. 

Eating and Drinking at Liverpool Cathedral

Fancy something to eat while you’re with us? Or need a coffee pit stop to keep you going? (We know, our building takes a while to get around!)

Enjoy the historic atmosphere of eating in the Welsford Bistro. Or take in the magnificent sight of Gambier Terrace from our Welsford Porch.

You can even enjoy a takeaway in the Cathedral Main Space. Choose from a menu that includes an all-day brunch section with classics such as a Full English, Eggs Benedict and smashed avocado.

Need something more substantial? Why not try our Welsford Tower Burger or traditional Scouse. We’ve also got homemade soup, jacket potatoes and toasted ciabattas on our menu.

We’ll be serving up daily specials with seasonal ingredients from our local suppliers. Our Cathedral blend coffee is from local roasters Joe Black Coffee and is best enjoyed with our selection of homemade cakes and scones.

Have a look at our menu on the Eating at the Cathedral webpage. 

Our Cathedral Shop 

A great way to remember your visit is to buy something from our Cathedral Shop. And did you know, when you do, you're also preserving your heritage for generations to come? We use the income generated by our shop to help keep the Cathedral free to visitors. Can’t wait until you visit us to see what’s in store? Browse online. 

Support Us

Like many other organisations in the city and beyond, we’re facing an uncertain future. We lost nearly all of our income over the past year, so your donations are especially needed and welcome to help keep entry to Liverpool Cathedral free to visitors. 

You can donate when you book your visit or by cash or on our portable contactless consoles when you’re in our building. Please give as generously as you can. 

Find out more about how you can support us on our Donation website pages. Or buy something from our Cathedral Shop, to support us. 

A Safe Visit

Thank you for choosing to visit Liverpool Cathedral.

 In line with the government’s decision to move England into Plan B, we have changed:

  • what you need to do when you visit us

We want to do all we can to keep you safe when you visit us.  

We appreciate the changes outlined below may impact your usual Cathedral experience but hope you understand that they are necessary to keep you and our people safe. 

  • You must wear a face-covering in the Cathedral unless you are exempt.   
  • Our people will be wearing face-coverings in the Cathedral unless they are exempt.   
  • We have increased the number of sanitising stations in and around the Cathedral. Please sanitise your hands on your way into the Cathedral and at regular intervals during your visit.   
  • We have changed our seating arrangements to keep you physically apart (social distanced) from other people attending our events and services.  
  • This means we have to reduce the number of people who can attend a service or event.  
  • When we reach our maximum safety limit, we will not be able to allow any more people into our building.  
  • Please arrive in plenty of time to come to our services or events so you can secure your seat.  
  • Please take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test before you visit Liverpool Cathedral.  
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, are feeling unwell, self-isolating or if you have been in physical contact with someone with symptoms of coronavirus; please visit us another time. We look forward to welcoming you soon but right now; it is not worth the risk to the health of other visitors or our people.  
  • Things are changing quickly. We are monitoring the situation closely but we may need to change how we operate at short notice. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for our updates.  

Thank you, for your understanding.
 

Frequently asked questions 

Will I be able to visit all areas of the Cathedral?

You'll be able to explore most areas of our building, but we are a living church, and so from time to time certain areas of the cathedral may be inaccessible to visitors.


Do I need to keep my distance while I’m in the Cathedral?

Keeping your distance helps keep you, our staff and other visitors safe. So if you're visiting us, please take a considerate approach to physical spacing in the Cathedral, so that everyone can enjoy their visit.

How can I keep my hands clean?

We’ll provide a hand sanitiser and you’ll be able to sanitise your hands on your way into and at various points around the Cathedral. There’s also handwashing facilities in the Cathedral toilets.

Am I allowed to touch anything in the Cathedral?

Please try to avoid touching surfaces such as signage or Cathedral artwork as much as possible it will help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

How do I let you know if I need your help to get around the Cathedral?

If you need any assistance during your visit please contact our Visitor Services Manager on 0151 702 7284 or email: jenny.moran@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Find more information on our accessibility pages.

Can I light a candle?

You will be able to light a candle in the Main Space. You will find several candle prickets stands at various places around the Cathedral.

Are there toilet facilities?

Yes, our toilet facilities are open. 

  • Please sanitise your hands, before going into and on your way out of the toilet facilities, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
  • Please be patient, kind and responsible.  

Are there any refreshments available?

Yes, our Welsford Bistro is open. Take a look at the menu on the eating and drinking at the cathedral webpage. You can also eat outside but undercover on our Welsford Porch which has great views over Gambier Terrace. 

Is the Tower Experience open?

We are pleased to say our Tower experience is now open, and you can once again experience breathtaking views of Liverpool and Beyond.
You can see our opening hours web page for our tower opening hours.
Tickets are:

  • Standard £6
  • Concession £5
  • Family £16 (2 adults, unto 3 children)

They are available from the Cathedral Shop or in advance.

Please note: if you have asthma, other chest conditions, heart problems, or are pregnant, please think carefully before deciding to whether to climb such a large number of stairs. There are no external views of the city available at the intermediary levels. For Health & Safety reasons it is not possible to allow the public into the Tower whenever the bells are being rung.

Can I visit if I feel unwell or I’ve been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

Please stay at home if you're feeling unwell, self-isolating or if you or anyone you’ve been in physical contact with has symptoms of coronavirus

We’ll look forward to welcoming you back soon but right now, it’s not worth the risk.

Please be responsible, kind and patient.

Why are you asking for donations?

Like many other organisations in the city and beyond, we're facing an uncertain future. We have a huge shortfall in our income as Liverpool Cathedral has lost nearly all of its revenue over the past year.

We aren’t funded by the Government. The main way the national church supports us is through salaries for our clergy.

Your donations are especially needed and welcome to help keep entry to Liverpool Cathedral free to visitors. It will help preserve your heritage for generations to come.

How can I help support the Cathedral?

There are several ways you can help support Liverpool Cathedral. 

You can donate via our portable contactless consoles when you visit us. When purchase items from our Cathedral Shop, you’ll be supporting us too.

Find out more about how you can support us on our Donation website pages.

Thank you for your generosity.

Prayer for Liverpool

We know the past year has been a particularly difficult time for many people in our city, across the nation and in the wider world. We want to continue to be a place of solace to everyone who needs us. If you'd like to ask for prayer for yourself or someone you know, send us a prayer request using our Prayer for Liverpool website.

 


Our Statistics

  • Length: 188.7 m (619 ft)
  • Area: 9,687.4 sq. m (104,275 sq. ft)
  • Choir Vault: 35.3 m (116 ft)
  • Nave Vault: 36.5 m (120 ft)
  • Height of Tower: 100.8 m (331 ft)
  • Under Tower Vault: 53.3 m (175 ft)
  • Tower Arches: 32.6 m (107 ft)
  • Bells: (height above ground) 67.0 m (219 ft)
  • Bells: (weight) 31.5 tonnes (31 tons).

 


 

 

See more....

You can visit Liverpool Cathedral for free. But from only £5.50 per person (£4.50 concessions) you can experience our famous tower with stunning city panoramic views plus the chance to see our famous bells. Take a peek inside our Elizabeth Hoare Gallery with exquisite embroideries. Buy your tickets from our Cathedral Shop.


Do the treble...

Three of Liverpool’s most popular attractions, City Explorer Bus Tour, Mersey Ferries and Liverpool Cathedral, have joined forces to offer visitors to the region a new way to see the city. Find out more here.

Visit www.merseyferries.co.uk for more information and T&Cs.


Always something going on..

We’re a vibrant active worshipping community with daily services at different times. We also hold special services and events throughout the year. With cultural events, grand dinners, exhibitions and school and family activities you may find plenty happening on the day you visit, but, we will always have someone still for anyone who needs private prayer and contemplation. To see what’s happening when you’re visiting check our events pages.


A great visit

We want you to have a great visit. So if there is anything you need or are unsure about, then please ask. We usually have volunteer guides and welcomers who will be happy to help.