Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A 15-minute walk from its Anglican counterpart along Hope Street, 1960s' "futurism" best describes the exterior of what's locally know as "Paddy's Wigwam." The huge interiors illuminated by natural light through the exquisite stained glass is worth the journey itself.
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  • Karl W
    County Mayo, Ireland175 contributions
    Very amazing building!
    Most definitely worth visiting. Very amazing building, different style than other cathedrals. Enjoy the automsphere and the feeling of peace. Once inside the space is open and full of light. Look up to the roof where the coloured glass shines bright even on a cloudy day. Another tip is to go on the hop on hop off bus , as this drops you off right outside the Cathedral, as well as many other places you may want to visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2022
  • EasternTraveller1
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom67 contributions
    A beautiful unique cathedral
    This is such a unique and interesting cathedral. Many people have written practical comments in their valuable reviews. I would simply say make certain you visit in daylight to appreciate the beautiful glass - particularly the blue colours surrounding the entire building.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2023
  • allanmillie
    Glasgow, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Needs to be experienced
    The cathedral is breathtaking. The design especially the stained glass is amazing. Although there was quite a few people in the atmosphere is calm and reflective, which is incredible given the size. It is difficult to describe you really need to encounter it yourself. Do not visit without going down to the crypt. We were lucky that we were shown round by Mike, a lovely and interesting man. I'm not religious but this is a special place.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Jim W
    Schonaich, Germany2,839 contributions
    Even More Grand When You Can Celebrate Mass
    My wife and I had visited this Catholic Cathedral on a previous trip to Liverpool, but we did not attend a Mass. Since we were now here on a Sunday, it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate Mass with the Liverpool community. This is a much more modern looking cathedral than the Anglican one even though it is much older. Both are gorgeous so you cannot compare the styles. Come here to find peace and tranquility.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Maris F
    18 contributions
    Beautiful stained glass and friendly staff
    Visited whilst on holiday in Liverpool. Outside of building looks modern but is stunning and well worth a visit. As we visited on a sunny day the outdoor stained glass looked beautiful. The inside contained beautiful artwork and information about the cathedral links to other parts of the world. Will definitely visit again if in Liverpool.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • wendyanddavid536
    Solihull, United Kingdom2,211 contributions
    Stunning Building!
    Paddy's Wigwam just takes your breath away as you enter, especially if, like us, you enter when the sun is shining. The whole cathedral is suffused with multi-coloured light coming through the huge number of beautiful stained glass windows and the fabulous lantern roof. There was virtually no one there when we went, so no tours, but a lovely lady Mary (who was manning the entrance to the crypt) gave us a private show round then encouraged us to visit the crypt; another amazing place, absolutely vast, with many fascinating exhibits there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Jenny R
    99 contributions
    Beautiful building
    This is a beautiful building. You must visit if you’re in the area. It’s a large building but the lighting in there is lovely. We were greeted by a friendly gentleman when we arrived who also had relatives who lived in Sheffield. All the staff make you feel welcome.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 August 2023
  • permia
    40,639 contributions
    Everything about it is astounding
    It is an astonishing and inspiring holy place. Resulting from the determination of the city's Catholic leaders, beginning in the late 1920s when renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design an appropriate Cathedral. His plans envisioned the creation of an edifice that would be the second largest church in the world. WW II brought the building works to an abrupt halt but what was achieved by then is now the tremendous Lutyens Crypt. It served as the Cathedral till 1967. An exquisite Treasury is housed here. Post-war, plans were of necessity much scaled back. What we gaze at and admire today is a unique build that was opened with great ceremony and fanfare in 1967. Everything about it is astounding. Moving beyond the distinctive profile and stepping inside is to be enveloped with a multihued light filled area. Circular in outline it has Catholic iconography in modern artistic from. Including the striking Stations of the Cross. A couple of sculptures are worth highlighting. The Need for Freedom by the Ukrainian artist Dmitry Iv shows a female figure chained but rising. How very appropriate for today. Sean Rice’s Abraham Our Father in Faith depicts a church father moving from intense pain to relief when God absolved him from slaying his son Isaac.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Ros T
    Devizes, United Kingdom562 contributions
    Wow!
    This is a cathedral worth visiting. The dramatic and unusual design is worth seeing inside and out. Free to enter, but you can leave a donation. Interesting information boards explaining the history of the building are at the entrance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom3,479 contributions
    Retro feel
    A completely different feel to Liverpool Cathedral but just as impressive. The retro design was more light and airy than the huge red brick edifice less than a mile away. We happened to turn up during an organ recital so enjoyed listening to that whilst doing a circuit of the building.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
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JackPC32
Exeter, UK324 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
One of the finest modern architectures in Liverpool. It's very quiet inside and huge. The design is good. Must visit in Liverpool.
Written 28 November 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK618,620 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Liverpool is home to two cathedrals with the Metropolitan Cathedral Of Christ The King being the most easily recognisable .
Constructed between 1962-1967 and designed by architect's Sir Edwin Lutyens & Sir Frederick Gibbert ,its such a distinctive looking structure and known affectionately as " Paddy's Wigwam " to most every person who lives in Liverpool,its one of the most photogenic structures in our city and well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate along and near Mount Pleasant.
Written 5 November 2023
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK3,479 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A completely different feel to Liverpool Cathedral but just as impressive. The retro design was more light and airy than the huge red brick edifice less than a mile away. We happened to turn up during an organ recital so enjoyed listening to that whilst doing a circuit of the building.
Written 27 October 2023
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BridgBritabroad
Brit abroad25 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
What a wonderful place.
The lovely Pat gave me a fantastic tour of this glorious and fascinating place.
Make sure to visit when you are in Liverpool.
Written 22 October 2023
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Lapsedveggie
Sheffield274 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fantastic from the outside and even more stunning from the inside. Such a lot to see - would definitely recommend this as a place to visit
Written 26 September 2023
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Ros T
Devizes, UK562 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a cathedral worth visiting. The dramatic and unusual design is worth seeing inside and out. Free to enter, but you can leave a donation. Interesting information boards explaining the history of the building are at the entrance.
Written 20 September 2023
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permia
Ireland40,639 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
It is an astonishing and inspiring holy place. Resulting from the determination of the city's Catholic leaders, beginning in the late 1920s when renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design an appropriate Cathedral.

His plans envisioned the creation of an edifice that would be the second largest church in the world. WW II brought the building works to an abrupt halt but what was achieved by then is now the tremendous Lutyens Crypt. It served as the Cathedral till 1967. An exquisite Treasury is housed here.

Post-war, plans were of necessity much scaled back. What we gaze at and admire today is a unique build that was opened with great ceremony and fanfare in 1967.

Everything about it is astounding. Moving beyond the distinctive profile and stepping inside is to be enveloped with a multihued light filled area.

Circular in outline it has Catholic iconography in modern artistic from. Including the striking Stations of the Cross.

A couple of sculptures are worth highlighting. The Need for Freedom by the Ukrainian artist Dmitry Iv shows a female figure chained but rising. How very appropriate for today.

Sean Rice’s Abraham Our Father in Faith depicts a church father moving from intense pain to relief when God absolved him from slaying his son Isaac.
Written 31 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shannon M
Glasgow, UK71 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A really stunning and unique modern building. It’s so unique and different from other cathedrals and I would definitely return again.
Written 30 August 2023
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Jenny R
99 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful building. You must visit if you’re in the area. It’s a large building but the lighting in there is lovely. We were greeted by a friendly gentleman when we arrived who also had relatives who lived in Sheffield. All the staff make you feel welcome.
Written 28 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,211 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Paddy's Wigwam just takes your breath away as you enter, especially if, like us, you enter when the sun is shining. The whole cathedral is suffused with multi-coloured light coming through the huge number of beautiful stained glass windows and the fabulous lantern roof.
There was virtually no one there when we went, so no tours, but a lovely lady Mary (who was manning the entrance to the crypt) gave us a private show round then encouraged us to visit the crypt; another amazing place, absolutely vast, with many fascinating exhibits there.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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