To make your visit safe and enjoyable, we’ve made some changes to how we will operate during your visit. We have done this in line with current advice around hygiene and physical distancing. You’ll find out about what to expect when you’re visiting us outlined below.
We’ll be limiting numbers and asking visitors to book online in advance. Even if you have been before, we’ll need you to let us know that you are coming so that we can make sure the Cathedral isn’t too busy and everyone can enjoy their visit. Book your visit here
You can visit us between
- 12:30 pm to 3 pm on Sundays
- 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday.
You may notice that we’ve altered the pattern of services slightly and you’ll find the new arrangements for services on the worship section of our website here
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.
As face-coverings are mandatory on public transport and will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020, to protect other visitors, worshippers and our people, we're asking you to wear a face-covering when you come to see us.
While wearing a face-covering is not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing, it will help you to protect other people from coronavirus COVID-19.
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 and visit our Cathedral Shop (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 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.
While we’ll be cleaning much more regularly 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.
You’ll be able to sanitise your hands on the way into the Cathedral and during your visit; such as before and after visiting our Cathedral Shop or writing a Peace Dove. Please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet.
You can buy some marvellous memorabilia from our Cathedral Shop to remind you of your visit. When you do, you help keep Liverpool Cathedral free to enter for future generations. What could be better?
The Cathedral Shop reopens on Tuesday 21 July 2020. From then on, you’ll be able to shop in person
- Tuesdays to Saturdays
- 12 noon to 3 pm.
If you can’t wait until then, our online shop has now reopened, click here to peruse potential purchases.
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.
At the moment, we have a maximum capacity of 80 people at a time in our building.
How do I book a slot to visit Liverpool Cathedral?
You can book your place to visit us on our Eventbrite page.
Book your place clicking this link. Slots will be every 30 minutes for a maximum of 80 people.
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.
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.
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?
Please use the Eventbrite booking form to let us know if you need help getting around the Cathedral and need us to make alternative arrangements to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Please note: on the one-way route around the Cathedral there six steps down in the Ambulatory and six steps up. These steps are fairly wide and 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 need to avoid this area and would like a more accessible route, let us know on your booking form. You can also let one of our people know when you get to us.
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?
Currently, both our Welsford Restaurant and the Mezzanine Café are closed. We are working out how we can safely offer refreshments in line with current Government guidelines. Once we’re satisfied we can keep you and our people safe, we’ll update information on this section of our website and share on our social media channels.
Is the Tower Experience open?
Our Tower Experience is closed at the moment while we work towards how we can maintain appropriate social 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 when you book your visit.
You can also donate via our portable contactless consoles when you visit us. When purchase items from our Cathedral Shop, you’ll be supporting us too.
Thank you for your generosity.
Prayer for Liverpool
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.
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 visits us.
We recognise that we've made changes to how we operate which you may find inconvenient or uncomfortable. While we understand many of you will be disappointed that you won’t be able to visit all parts of the Cathedral yet, we know you’ll appreciate that your and our people’s health and safety is our top priority.
We are trying our best to make your visit enjoyable while keeping you and our people safe.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
- 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).
Join us for individual private prayer in the Lady Chapel while you're waiting to join us for our public worship or visit us on 19 July. Book your place through Eventbrite and watch our video below to find out what to expect, so we can keep you and our people safe.