Construction of this Gothic revival style church started in 1904, using the characteristic red sandstone from the quarries at nearby Woolton, however building was interrupted by two world wars meaning that it was not until until well after the death of its architect Giles Gilbert Scott that the Cathedral was consecrated in 1978.
The Anglican Cathedral boasts the largest working church organ in the world, with over 9,750 pipes, and the highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world, weighing 31 tons (31,497.6kg). The building itself it astonishing in its dimensions with the largest vaulted roof and the highest Gothic arches ever built.
A highlight – in every sense of the word – to a visit is to ascend the 2 consecutive lifts, followed by 108 steps of the Vestey Tower, which boasts views across the city and North to Blackpool tower 5 miles away.
Entry to the Cathedral is free, however visit to the tower, the Elizabeth Hoare Embroidery Gallery and the very worthwhile Great Space Film and Audio tour forms part of the Attractions Ticket.
Open daily from: 08:00 to 18:00, the Cathedral also has a year-round programme of events including concerts, and a café bar and restaurant.