From 12 January 2021, we are closing our building for public worship and private prayer until further notice. We have been unable to welcome visitors into Liverpool Cathedral following Liverpool City Region Tier 3 status on 31 December.
The decision to temporarily close our building for public worship and private prayer has been extremely difficult. It has been reached in line with the Government request to stay at home. While we understand how important gathering together for worship and prayer in a sacred building is for spiritual and mental health, we no longer believe that it is safe to continue to do so. Not only do we have a duty of care to our staff, volunteers, the Cathedral Company and the public. We also must protect the NHS, especially since the COVID-19 infection rates in the Liverpool City Region are rapidly increasing.
Worship at Liverpool Cathedral from 12th January 2021
Our online worship services will continue with live-streaming, Monday to Saturday, of
- Morning Prayer
- 12:05 Eucharist
- Evening Prayer.
You can also join on Sundays for our pre-recorded our 10:30 am service.
So while you aren't able to come to a service in person, join us on our Cathedral YouTube channel or Facebook Page.
Eating and Drinking at Liverpool Cathedral
The Mezz in the Well is currently closed.
Shopping at Liverpool Cathedral
While our Cathedral Shop is closed you can browse and shop online.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to pray for the city and region at this time.
Our building closed for private prayer and worship on 12 January 2021. We closed to general visitors on 31 December 2020. When reopen, we have put measures in place to keep you safe when you visit us.
We want your visit to Liverpool Cathedral to be enjoyable, but above all safe so we’ve made some changes to how we operate. We have done this in line with current advice around hygiene and physical distancing. In July, we achieved the ‘Good to Go’ award.
Please read the information below, so you know what to expect when you’re visiting us.
While we’re holding services and events, we may not be able to welcome other visitors inside our building as we need to limit the number of people in our building at any one time.
We may have to change or cancel events or services at short notice because of local or national government guidelines, so please keep an eye on our social media channels and if you’ve booked a place, your emails.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and following our guidance to help us operate safely.
We’ll be limiting numbers inside our building so we can make sure that we can keep you a safe distance away from other visitors and our staff. That’s why we are asking you to book your visit in advance, or when you to come to a service or event. Even if you have been before, we need you to book so everyone can enjoy their time with us safely.
If you’re feeling unwell, in a high-risk category, self-isolating or if you or anyone you’ve been in contact with has symptoms of coronavirus, please visit another time. We’ll look forward to welcoming you soon but right now, it’s not worth the risk to the health of other visitors or our people. Thank you for your understanding.
It's now compulsory to wear a face-covering while you are in a place of worship (which we are) to protect other people. Please wear a face-covering when you come to see us unless you are medically exempt.
Forgotten to bring a face-covering? Don’t worry, we have disposable masks available for a small donation.
If you’ve been to the Cathedral before, you know you can usually wander around the building in whatever direction you like. To keep you and our people safe, we’ve introduced a one-way system.
You’ll come in through the front, right-hand door and make your way around the building anti-clockwise. Don’t worry, we’ve got signs in place and people on hand to help make sure you go round the right way!
The more accessible-friendly entrance is further round the building, to the left with dedicated parking close by.
You’ll have the opportunity to light a candle, write a Peace Dove, take a picture of our new installation Angel Wings and visit our Cathedral Shop. (Oh and go to the toilet too!).
The one-way route around the Cathedral means there are six steps down to the Ambulatory and six steps up, on the other side. These steps are fairly wide but not very high. The access across the High Altar has five fairly steep steps up and five fairly steep steps down. If you think you would like a more accessible route, make us aware on your booking form. You can also let one of our people know when you get to us.
Please keep your distance from our people and other visitors. We’re operating a one-way system with signs in place to make sure you can easily find your way around the Cathedral and enjoy your visit.
We’re putting in place safe queuing systems at our main entrance, toilets and Cathedral Shop to keep you and our people safe. This is so we can manage the number of people in our building or a particular area at any one time. Please be patient and kind to each other and our people, so everyone enjoys visiting us.
We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of coronavirus. One of the ways is knowing who’s in the building in case somebody develops symptoms so we can contact people and let them know. Unless you’ve signed up to hear from us, we’ll only hold your details for three weeks in line with current guidance.
You can also scan the QR code at the Cathedral entrance.
While we’ll be cleaning much more often than normal, if you could try to avoid touching surfaces such as signage or Cathedral artwork as much as possible it will help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
In areas where it is impossible to avoid touching surfaces, we’ll provide hygienic, disposable wipes so you can make sure the area is clean before and after use.
We’ll provide hand sanitiser and you’ll be able to sanitise your hands on your way into and at various points around the Cathedral.
We know so many of you make coming along to the Cathedral in the run-up to Christmas part of your family tradition. This year it will feel a little different as places will be limited. Our team have worked hard to make sure we can still carry on running our Christmas services and events while keeping everyone safe, so please be considerate.
- Only book the services and events you’re going to attend.
- If your plans change and you can’t make it, please cancel your booking to give other people the chance to come instead.
We’re releasing tickets for events and services in stages, so we can make sure we can seat you and your loved ones safely. Please keep checking Eventbrite to make sure you don’t miss out.
Why do I need to book a place to visit Liverpool Cathedral?
Booking your place to visit us helps us to work out the number of people who will be in the building at any one time. From this, we can make sure we maintain the appropriate level of social distancing to keep you and our people safe while you’re in the Cathedral.
How do I book a slot to visit Liverpool Cathedral?
You can book your place to visit us on our Eventbrite page.
What happens if I don’t book my visit to Liverpool Cathedral?
If you don’t book your place through Eventbrite, you may need to wait until we’ve made sure we’ve got the capacity in the Cathedral for you to come in. This might mean queuing outside, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got appropriate clothing with you. We'll need your details so we know who’s in the building in case somebody develops symptoms and can contact people and let them know. Unless you’ve signed up to hear from us, we’ll only hold your details for three weeks in line with current guidance.
Will I be able to visit all areas of the Cathedral?
You should be able to visit most areas of our building when you come to see us. However, we may need to close off areas at short notice, to make sure we keep people safe.
Do I need to maintain social distancing while I’m in the Cathedral?
Yes, please make sure you keep physically apart from other visitors and our people. You’ll see markings on the floor and signs to help remind you.
How can I keep my hands clean?
We’ll provide 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.
How will I find my way around the Cathedral during my visit?
- We’ve put a one-way system in place.
- There are signs to direct you around the Cathedral.
- During opening hours there’s staff and volunteers to help you navigate safely around the space.
Will Liverpool Cathedral colleagues be wearing personal protective equipment?
Yes, our people will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep both you and themselves safe while you're in the Cathedral.
What other measures have you put in place to keep me safe when I visit you?
- We have introduced an enhanced cleaning regime, paying special attention to surfaces which are touched regularly.
- We’re also monitoring the temperature of our people and visitors.
- We’ve achieved ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 points in the Cathedral.
Are there toilet facilities?
Yes, if you’re visiting us you’ll be able to use our toilet facilities.
To make sure we can maintain physical distancing we’ve had to change each toilet block into a single one person/family group toilet facility to make sure you are physically apart from other visitors. This does mean, you may have to queue.
The men’s toilets are on the ground floor and the ladies are on the first floor. There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities on the ground floor.
We’ll also ask you to sanitise your hands before going into and on your way out of the toilet facilities to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please be patient, kind and responsible.
Are the Welsford Restaurant or Mezzanine Café open for refreshments?
No, our Welsford and Mezzanine Café are closed. In the meantime, you can enjoy a selection of delicious food and drinks from our pop-up cafe The Mezz in the Well.
Is the Tower Experience open?
Our Tower Experience is closed at the moment while we work towards how we can maintain appropriate physical distancing measures to make sure we keep you and our people safe.
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, in a high-risk category, self-isolating or if you or anyone you’ve been in 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 face an uncertain future. We are experiencing a huge shortfall in our income as Liverpool Cathedral has lost nearly all of its revenue over recent months.
We aren’t funded by the Government and 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.
Do I have to wear a face-covering while I'm in the Cathedral?
Yes, you must wear a face-covering while you’re in the Cathedral unless you are exempt. This is because we are a place of worship. You’ll find more information on the face-covering page on the government website.
Prayer for Liverpool
This is a particularly difficult time for many in our city, our nation and the wider world and we want to continue to be a place of solace to everyone who needs us.
If you’re not able to visit us in person or need to ask for prayer out of hours, you can do this via our Prayer for Liverpool website which has been set up especially with this in mind.
- 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).