Liverpool Cathedral will open its doors once again to welcome back visitors and worshippers on 19 July; the 96th anniversary of its consecration and 106 years since its foundation stone was laid.

The historic Grade 1 listed building reopening continues with its annual Consecration Service at 10:30 am and then will welcome visitors after 12 noon. While the building has remained closed, behind the scenes there has a flurry of activity as staff and volunteers prepare the Cathedral to reopen its doors and welcome people back safely for worship and visiting.

The decision to reopen was not taken lightly, The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones said that to keep people safe the Cathedral is introducing a one-way system with advance booking while limiting the number of people allowed inside at any one time. Opening hours will be reduced. Hand sanitisers points plus new signage will be installed to direct and remind visitors of the safety measures.

She said, “We want people to enjoy our building and we want them to do this safely so, like so many great Liverpool venues, the way you encounter us will be different. But you will still encounter a warm welcome as you come back to one of the buildings that people right across Liverpool and beyond love.”

Adding: “I have missed so many encounters with our visitors over the last few months so it feels great to be welcoming people back. And to be able to more fully open our doors with public worship on the anniversary of our consecration seems fitting and right.”

Liverpool Cathedral started its journey to reopen on Thursday 18 June, following a Government announcement that all places of worship could open for supervised private prayer. During this stage of reopening, there will also be an opportunity to light a candle, write a Peace Dove. The Cathedral Shop reopens on 21 July while the Cathedral’s Welsford Restaurant, Mezzanine Café, and Tower experience will remained closed for the being.

Liverpool Cathedral closed its doors on 23 March. Since that time it has responded to the crisis in creative and innovative ways offering a wide range of support – both practical and spiritual to the community – online and off – and has seen a growing number of people seeking prayer and worship in these uncertain times.

Opening Hours

From Sunday, 19 July 2020, public visiting hours are

  • 12 noon to 3 pm on Sundays
  • 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday.

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Consecration Sunday Service on 19 July at 10:30

Visiting from 19 July at 12 noon

Eucharist Service from 20 July at 12:05

Sunday Eucharist Service from 26 July at 10:30 

Worship Services

Monday to Saturday

9:00     Morning Prayer          Lady Chapel

12:05   Eucharist                    Nave Altar in Main Cathedral (booking required)

15:00   Said Evening Prayer Lady Chapel


10:30   Eucharist                    Nave Altar in Main Cathedral (booking required)

15:00   Said Evening Prayer Lady Chapel 

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