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CATHEDRALS/ABBEYS/PRIORIES

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL

Tel: 01254 51491
Cathedral Close, Blackburn, Lancashire

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It was built as the Parish Church in 1826 on a historic saxon site in the town centre. There have been subsequent extensions. Features are a central altar with corona above, fine Walker organ, stained glass from mediaeval period onwards.

BIRKENHEAD PRIORY

Tel: 0151 666 1249

Priory Street, Birkenhead

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Admission free

Norman priory founded in 1150 with panoramic views from St Mary's Tower

CHESTER CATHEDRAL

Tel: 01244 324756
Abbey Square, St Werburgh Street, Chester

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Chester Cathedral has a rich and fascinating heritage. It is a living community of prayer and worship, a centre of excellence in Church Music, and plays a key role for the Christian community across Chester, the Wirral and Cheshire

LANCASTER PRIORY

Lancaster Priory

Tel: 01524 65338

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Lancaster Priory as it is more commonly known - overlooks the centre of Lancaster. It is situated adjacent to Lancaster Castle in a conservation area with stunning views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Hills. The church is a Grade 1 listed building, located on a site which has seen Christian worship since Saxon times. The carved choir stalls with their misericords are nationally famous. It is one of the most frequently visited parish churches in the North West, and particularly during the summer months, we welcome many visitors to our services.

LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL

Tel: 0151 709 6271
St James Mount, Liverpool

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When visitors step through the door of Liverpool Cathedral, most people do two things – they lift their heads and say “wow!” The Cathedral’s awesome scale and beauty never fails to make a lasting impression – together with, of course, the panoramic view of the city and beyond from the Tower. It lays claim to many records – the UK’s largest Cathedral, the world’s highest and heaviest peal of bells, the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches among many. But there is about to be much more. Climb to the top of the tower for spectacular vistas across the region and experience the groundbreaking attraction - The Great Space: widescreen panoramic film shot in HD, audio tours for adults and children, computer interactive stations and music experience on the high Nave Bridge.

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL

Tel: 0161 833 2220
Victoria Street, City Centre

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An essential visit in the City sporting a gorgeous interior with the best late medieval woodwork in the north - the quire and the ceiling are splendid and full of life in the carved details. Also very special for its modern glass. Guided tours available. Refectory and visitors centre partially housed under a 14th century bridge. If you are making a special journey, it is recommended that you telephone the Cathedral Office in advance to check that there are no special services that might curtail your visit.

METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING

Tel: 0151 709 9222
Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

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This is a very modern Roman Catholic Cathedral which was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and consecrated in 1967. It is worth viewing for the lovely stained glass. People often ask 'Why "Metropolitan"?' One obvious answer is that Liverpool is fortunate enough to possess two mighty symbols of the Christian faith in the two Cathedrals which face each other at opposite ends of the aptly-named Hope Street. Both are dedicated to Christ: the Anglican one to Christ and the Blessed Virgin and the Catholic one to Christ the King, so it helps avoid confusion to refer to one as 'Liverpool Cathedral' and the other as 'The Metropolitan Cathedral.' But the term "Metropolitan" indicates a wider remit than just Liverpool or indeed Merseyside, for this building is the seat (Greek 'Cathedra') of the Archbishop of Liverpool who is the spiritual leader of all the faithful of the Northern Province of the Catholic Church in England comprising seven dioceses in all.

PRINCES ROAD SYNAGOGUE

Tel: 0151 709 3431
Princes Road, Liverpool

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Grade II listed building (1874) with spectacular interior. Probably Europe's finest example of the Moorish Revival style of synagogue architecture. Guided talks outline the architecture, artefacts and traditions and the history of the local Jewish community.

We hold regular services, evening and morning on Shabbat and Holy Days. Services are held according to the Ashkenazic rite (Eastern European) and follow the Singer Siddur and the Routlege/Adler Machzor. Our services are adorned by a glorious mixed choir, the only mixed choir left in an Orthodox synagogue in Britain. The choir is testament to our synagogue’s place in Jewish liturgy, with many pieces emanating from this World Centre of Jewish Music. According to Orthodox custom, men and women sit separately, women having a choice between our ladies galery with its famous decorated ceiling, or alternatively seating on the ground level, or, of course, in the choir gallery. Services are conducted with decorum and in ancient form. Ours was the first synagogue in the country to have sermons in English, and our Rabbi provides plenty of food for thought each week. On the last Shabbat of each month we hold a question and answer session in place of a sermon – please feel free to put your questions to the Rabbi. Mixed into the formality, we also offer facilities for children, with books and soft toys to keep little ones occupied, and a weekly children’s service conducted by our Rebbetzin.

ST PETER'S CATHEDRAL

Tel: 01524 384820
East Road, Lancaster LA1 3BT

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Lancaster Cathedral is a fine neo-Gothic church dating from l859 featuring interesting architecture including a 240 ft spire. Visitors are welcome to explore the history of the church during its 150th anniversary year with guided tours available.

WHALLEY ABBEY

Tel: 01254 828400
Whalley, Clitheroe

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14th Century Abbey ruins and gatehouse - exhibition, tea room, shop. Set in wooded grounds beside the River Calder close to Pendle Hill in the beautiful Ribble Valley.

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