Liverpool Cathedral in top 10% of global attractions

One of two cathedrals in the city, Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest in the UK and the fifth-biggest in the world and has now been given a top TripAdvisor accolade. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool Cathedral on LightNight 2018. Picture by Tony McDonough


Liverpool Cathedral has been placed in the top 10% of global tourist attractions, according to reviews on TripAdvisor.

One of two cathedrals in the city, Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest in the UK and the fifth-biggest in the world and attracts visitors from all over the globe. Its tower tours offer spectacular views across Merseyside and North Wales. In 2019 it welcomed 800,000 visitors – up from 450,000 in 2016.

Now it has received a People’s Choice Award after reviews on TripAdvisor placed the it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. The award is based on consistently receiving great visitor feedback on Tripadvisor for a full year of reviews, before any changes caused by the pandemic.

Director of enterprise at Liverpool Cathedral, Paul Smith, believes that such great reviews are due to the commitment the staff and volunteers have to making sure everyone who comes to see the Cathedral enjoys their visit.

He said: “This prestigious award is a real testament to our brilliant staff and volunteers who work so hard to deliver the warm Liverpool welcome we strive for, with every person who comes through our doors.

“It is especially heartening that this global accolade comes from the reviews our visitors post on Tripadvisor and builds upon some of our recent successes: winner of the Liverpool City Region Large Visitor Attraction (2018) and our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five successive years of excellent reviews, which we achieved in 2019.”

Based on a design by Giles Gilbert Scott, the cathedral was built between 1904 and 1978. It is entirely self-funded through its enterprise activities and fundraising efforts, which in turn help keep the Cathedral free to enter.

Chris Brown, director of Marketing Liverpool, added: “Liverpool’s visitor offering is second to none and Liverpool Cathedral is a huge part of that. After such a difficult few months for the tourism industry and with more challenges to overcome in the future, it’s heartening to see the cathedral be recognised in such a way.”

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