Christmas under one roof: 4 reasons to visit Liverpool’s majestic cathedral
Liverpool in the run up to Christmas is a magical place to be and there’s no better place to soak up some of the city’s signature festive cheer than at the majestic Liverpool Cathedral.
We’ve rounded up four of the best reasons why the much-loved landmark is absolutely worth a walk up the hill from Liverpool ONE this December.
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The Tower Experience
Get a bird’s-eye view of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks and beyond from the rooftop of its third tallest building and the UK’s biggest cathedral.
Take two lifts and climb 108 stairs to the very top of the 101m high Vestey Tower where you’ll find the world’s highest and heaviest peal of bells including the massive Great George bourdon bell which, at 15 tonnes, outweighs even the mighty Big Ben.
The Tower Experience also includes a fascinating 10-minute film explaining how the cathedral was built and access to the Elizabeth Hoare Embroidery Gallery which boats an exquisite collection of Victorian and Edwardian ecclesiastical embroidery.
Check the cathedral website for christmas opening hours.
From Darkness to Light
Bear witness to one of the city’s most mesmeric and atmospheric events at Liverpool Cathedral.
This magical candlelit service marks the first Sunday of Advent (3 December) with a spellbinding choral procession transforming the cathedral from ‘darkness to light’.
Starting in the Well, with the entire church engulfed in darkness, the procession slowly makes its way towards the east end of the building, accompanied by music, as the great space is gradually and dramatically illuminated.
The Perfect Combination
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie and a glass of warming mulled wine, so after scaling the heights of the cathedral why not venture down to The Welsford Restaurant and enjoy this most festive of pairings for just £5.
If you’re bold enough to brave the winter weather, the fabulous Welsford Porch is perfect for some al-fresco dining and a great spot to enjoy splendid views across St James Gardens where a young Messrs Lennon and McCartney were known to play truant once upon a time.
A Glittering Gift
Give your Christmas tree a distinctively Scouse flavour this year with a bauble featuring a unique drawing of Liverpool’s famous waterfront.
Designed by local fine artist Freida McKitrick and printed using the decoupage method, this ornament comes in an illustrated gift box and at just £5 is an ideal alternative stocking filler.
For full information on Liverpool Cathedral events and attractions, visit the website at www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.