I’ve recently moved to Liverpool, the UK city that I’ve chosen for a home base. I highly recommend a visit to the two Liverpool Cathedrals in the Georgian Quarter.
Visiting the Liverpool Cathedrals and Chinese Arch
Half a day is enough to explore the Liverpool Cathedrals, Hope Street and also the Bombed out Church and the Chinese Arch in Liverpool. Start at the Anglican Cathedral which is around 15 minutes walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station. Remember that both Cathedrals in Liverpool remain active places of worship and it is important to visit Churches with respect.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral – The Largest Cathedral in Britain
The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the largest Cathedral in Britain and the 5th largest in Europe. It was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott and was built from 1904-1978. The building is dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ, and with the Lady Chapel included, it is the longest Cathedral in the world.
The view down the Nave of Liverpool Cathedral is stunning. Special events are held inside including Christmas craft markets every December.
Hope Street – Joining the Liverpool Cathedrals
Walk approximately one mile down Hope St towards the Roman Catholic Cathedral – the Catholic Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral are joined by Hope Street. It would be nice to think that Hope Street was named poetically with reference by Hope of Christianity, but it was actually named after William Hope, a Merchant whose house used to stand on the ground where the Philharmonic Hall is now built.
Look out for the Superlambanana’s on the way. These often colourful lamb-banana sculptures are found across the city of Liverpool.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King
Liverpool’s Catholic Cathedral, at the foot of Hope Street, is sometimes informally referred to by the locals as the Wig-Wam due to it’s cone-like structure. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is Britain’s largest Catholic Cathedral and it is free to enter.
The inside of the Catholic Cathedral reflects the light of the stained glass beautifully and contains tapestries of Christ and imagery of the stations of the cross.
For £3, it is possible to visit the Crypt and Treasury between 10am-4pm. The Lutyens Crypt is what remains of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ 1930’s designs, and is one of the city’s greatest architectural gems. Lutyens designed a Cathedral dome to be larger than St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, but funding fell through due to the Second World War. The crypt shows the ambition of Lutyen, combined with the beauty of several sacred and valuable vessels and vestments.
From the Catholic Cathedral, walk down Mount Pleasant towards St Luke’s, to visit the Bombed Out Church followed by the Chinese Arch.
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church
St Luke’s Church at the top of Bold Street is locally known as the Bombed Out Church. It was destroyed in the Blitz of 1941.
The Bombed Out Church is used today for open air theatre performances, Zumba and markets, among other events. Find out what’s on at the Bombed Out Church here.
Liverpool Chinese Arch
While you are in the city, make sure that you see the Liverpool Chinese Arch, just over the road from St Luke’s bombed out Church. At 13.5 metres tall, it’s the largest Chinese arch outside of China. Liverpool is also home to the oldest Chinese community.
Once you have finished your morning of Liverpool Cathedrals and Churches, you can then head to Yuet Ben, my favourite Chinese restaurant in China Town!
If you love Churches in England, you might also want to read about the Churches of Historic York.