Liverpool Churches and Cathedrals
(Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK)
Liverpool is a city filled with important and historic churches, many of which have fascinating stories to tell about their lengthy pasts. As the largest Anglican Church in the whole of the United Kingdom, the Anglican Cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool and took many decades to finally complete, being built between the years of 1904 and 1978.
Considerably less traditional in its appearance is the rather contemporary Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, which was built in the 1960s over a period of five years. For fans of The Beatles, both the churches of St. Barnabas and St. Peter's are proud of their noteworthy connections to this famous Liverpudlian rock band.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Address: Upper Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 7AZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 709 6271
The Anglican Cathedral stands proudly in the heart of Liverpool city centre, right alongside St. James Mount and Gardens, and just across from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Notable features include spectacular architecture, detailed stone carvings, Gothic-style arches and an impressive interior. The cathedral offers regular guided tours and a gallery featuring historic embroidery. Many well-supported local events and concerts are staged here each year.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: free, charge for gallery exhibition
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Address: Hope Street, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5TQ, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 709 9222
The stunning Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King can be found in central Liverpool and serves as the city's second cathedral. This stylish and grand Roman Catholic building is circular and immediately recognisable, appearing rather like an inverted funnel, with a diameter of just under 60 metres / 197 feet.
Attractions at the Metropolitan Cathedral include helpful guides, a bookshop and large panels of coloured glass, while nearby you will find the Liverpool John Moores University, the Everyman Theatre, the Lennon Studios and the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Address: 4 Priory Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH4 15DX, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 647 6780
The Birkenhead Priory is located in the neighbouring town of Birkenhead, where it is especially historic and the oldest building still standing in the Wirral area, being founded way back in the middle of the 12th century. For many centuries the resident monks would offer free accommodation and food to weary travellers, before rowing them across the River Mersey to nearby Liverpool. Sadly the priory is today in ruins, although much of the original structure is still standing and the superb views across the estuary remain, being at their very best when you climb the 101 steps to the top of the restored tower.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
All Saints Parish Church
Address: Childwall Abbey Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L16 5EY, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 737 2169
Situated in the Childwall area and on the far eastern side of the city, the All Saints Parish Church is full of medieval character. Dating back to the 14th century, highlights include an impressive interior with many original features. As a useful point of reference, the campus for Liverpool Hope University is just a short distance away, as is Court Hey Park.
Open hours: Wednesday to Friday - 14:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 14:30 to 16:30
Princes Road Synagogue
Address: Synagogue Chambers, Princes Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 1TG, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 709 3431
Founded in the 1870s following a competition to find a suitable architect, the Princes Road Synagogue is an especially stunning religious building and resides close to the Merseyside Caribbean Council Community Centre. Located in the Toxteth area and close to Liverpool city centre, the Princes Road Synagogue is now a listed building and features a mixture of classical Roman and medieval architecture.
Open hours: Thursday - 12:00 to 17:00
St. Barnabas Church
Address: Penny Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 1LZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 724 3816
Located in the Allerton area, St. Barnabas Church has strong connections with The Beatles and is located on Penny Lane, the title of one of their most famous hits. Of note, Paul McCartney used to belong to the St. Barnabas choir when he was a young boy. Visitors will no doubt appreciate the stunning stained-glass windows and regular parish services. Nearby you may like to pay a visit to the Penny Lane Millennium Green or one of the plentiful surrounding wine bars and restaurants.
Open hours: Sunday - 11:00 to 12:00, 18:30 to 19:30
St. Michael's Church
Address: St. Michael's Church Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 7BD, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 707 8330
Built in the early-19th century, St. Michael's Church is located within the Aigburth neighbourhood and lies on the south-eastern side of the city, close to Discovery Park and Priory Wood. Well-known for its predominantly iron construction, St. Michael's is within easy reach of the city centre and dates back to 1815, being substantially remodelled in 1900 and now designated as a Grade-I listed building.
Open hours: Sunday - 11:00 to 13:00
St. Peter's Church
Address: Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 6DA, England
Tel: +44 (0)151 233 3000
Situated at the top of Woolton Hill and close to the Woolton Picture House, St. Peter's Church is one of the most well-known churches in Liverpool and has origins in 1826, although today's building dates from 1887. Specific attractions include detailed architecture and strong connections with The Beatles, who performed here at an event in their early days, following the meeting of Paul McCartney and John Lennon at this very spot in 1957. Interestingly, the church is actually home to the grave of Eleanor Rigby, who featured in one of The Beatles' most famous songs.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours