Metropolitan Cathedral

About Our Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is the result of the fourth attempt by the Catholic Church to build a mother church for the diocese of Liverpool.  

The fifth Archbishop of Liverpool, Doctor John Heenan, launched a competition in 1960 inviting entries from all over the world.  Over 300 submissions were received.

An ambitiously modern design by Frederick Gibberd was eventually selected and construction work began in 1962.  The Grade II listed building opened its doors to the public on the Feast of Pentecost, 14 May 1967. 

Read more about the history of the Cathedral and plan your visit by clicking here.

Mass Times

1st M prev 6.30pm (Crypt), 8.30am, 10am (family mass in the Crypt), 11am (Solemn), 1pm (Crypt in Polish), 7pm (Crypt).

8am, 12.15pm (Crypt), 5.15pm (Sung).

Monday to Friday 8am and 12.15pm (Crypt), Monday and Tuesday 5.15pm (Sung), Saturday at 9am.

Other Attractions

The Lutyens Crypt

Dating from the 1930s, the majestic barrel vaults in the original Crypt offer a sharp contrast to the modern architectural style of the Cathedral.

The crypt is now easily accessible and used regularly for Masses, concerts, exhibitions and other functions. It also houses the riches of the Cathedral’s treasury.

It is open from 10am until 4pm on Monday to Saturday (last admission at 3:15pm).

Admission is by ticket only, these can be purchased from the gift shop or Golden Book office.

The Piazza Café Bar

The Piazza is the perfect place to meet, eat, drink and relax, find it at the foot of the stairs at the front of the Cathedral.

The Piazza is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Cathedral Gift Shop

The Gift Shop stocks a superb selection of inspirational gifts, books, cards, souvenirs and postcards.

It is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

Contact Details

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Mount Pleasant
L3 5TQ

Tel: 0151 709 9222
Fax: 0151 708 7274

Find Out More

Visit the Cathedral's website