Liverpool audio tour: A Hope Street Stroll: Sightseeing from Metropolitan Cathedral to the LIPA

A Hope Street Stroll: Sightseeing from Metropolitan Cathedral to the LIPA

Walking Tour

35 mins

About the Tour

It only takes a short stroll to see why Hope Street is the hub of Liverpool's arts and entertainment industry. On this walking tour, I’ll guide you to the best of it.

We’ll begin at the magnificent Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and end at the equally awesome Anglican Liverpool Cathedral. In between, you’ll hear about the city's finest and oldest concert venue, the wonderful Philharmonic Hall, at the heart of Hope Street, as well as the history of its four unique theatres and some of the famous performers who've walked their boards. We’ll pass a diverse range of eateries and restaurants including one of the finest in the country, and I’ll even point out which bar was favoured by the young John Lennon. (His favourite tipple there was rather unusual.)

Along the way, you’ll find answers to all sorts of questions, including:

• Why did one cathedral take 74 years to complete and the other 36?
• What is the connection between a group of sacked Liverpool dockworkers and one of Hope Street’s theatres?
• Which pub has been officially designated as ‘one of the finest in the country?’
• Why did Paul McCartney pay a visit to his old school three years after it closed and what was the result of that visit?

Tour Producer


Tommy Allen

I was born in Liverpool and raised about a half mile from where your tour begins. After leaving school, I went on to study History at Liverpool University. Following graduation, I began teaching History and Sociology at Liverpool College. In 2015, I left the teaching profession to fulfill my ambition of becoming an author. Subsequently, I have written four books on different aspects of Liverpool history. There is a link to my Amazon website below. I also offer private guided tours around Liverpool city centre. There is also a link to that website below

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Major Landmarks

  • Metropolitan Cathedral

  • Anglican Cathedral

  • Philharmonic Hall

  • LIPA

Directions to Starting Point

The start of the tour is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at the north end of Hope Street. The cathedral is located about half a kilometre east of Lime Street Station and about a kilometre and a half east of the River Mersey

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Places to stop along the way

Everyman Theatre, Philharmonic Hall and pub, A Case History, the Anglican Cathedral

Best time of day

Tours are best at mid-morning or mid-afternoon


The street is mainly pedestrianised, though there are a couple of busy roads to negotiate.


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A Hope Street Stroll: Sightseeing from Metropolitan Cathedral to the LIPA