Cathedral Tripadvisor Awards

17th August 2023

Cathedrals dominate Tripadvisor awards.

The votes are in … 80 per cent of our cathedrals are in the top ten per cent and York is in the top one per cent of all visitor attractions – as voted by YOU the public.

Tripadvisor Awards for Cathedrals.

From Newcastle in the north, Lincoln in the east, Chester in the west, Truro in the south and Llandaff and St Davids from our partners at the Church in Wales– 80 per cent of all our cathedrals have been awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers ‘Choice Award 2023 – putting them in the top ten per cent of attractions worldwide.

This means they have earned consistently positive reviews and ratings over the last year from visitors.

And this year for the first time, York Minster has been voted Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best – this award is TripAdvisor’s highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that earn excellent reviews from travellers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.

And Liverpool Cathedral and York Minster have both won a Tripexpert 2023 Experts’ Choice Award. This award recognizes Liverpool Cathedral and York Minster as one of the highest-rated attractions in their area with fewer than 2% of businesses receiving an award.

Experts’ Choice and Best of the Best are the only industry accolades based on professional reviews. Their sources are travel guides, magazines and newspapers; relying only on content written by people who have travelled extensively in the country that they’re covering and who can provide reliable and unbiased advice.

Paul Smith, Director of Enterprise at Liverpool Cathedral said

“We are enormously grateful to Tripexpert for the Experts’ Choice Award. This latest accolade boosts Liverpool Cathedral’s reputation as a fabulous place to visit, following on from a series of other award wins in recent years.

“Highest praise needs to go to our amazing staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that we deliver an excellent experience for all those who come through our doors,” he added.

This latest awards news comes as all our cathedrals are in the middle of exciting summer programmes which include thought-provoking art installations, tours, uplifting music, regular worship and a broad programme of arts and crafts activities aimed at families – including a beach at Lichfield and labyrinth walking in Gloucester Cathedral.

Every year, Tripadvisor celebrates attractions that consistently deliver amazing experiences with a Travellers’ Choice Award with businesses that have received great traveller reviews from travellers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months.

Here are some of the recent reviews from visitors to some of our cathedrals:

St Alban’s Cathedral

“This was our second visit to this amazing cathedral. It is free to enter and see a building that has stood the test of time. Beautiful wall paintings that have slowly faded, Norman arches, and a shrine to St Alban where you can find a few minutes of peace where countless others have done over many, many years. I always feel part of history walking around this place. There is something very spiritual about it.”

Lincoln Cathedral

“Excellent tour of the magnificent cathedral and special mention to Ken, our charismatic and expert tour guide whose enthusiasm was infectious! A must for visitors.”

Birmingham Cathedral

“Religious or not, Birmingham Cathedral is a ‘must visit’ next time you explore this amazing city. Book a free tour online to get up close and personal with the most beautiful and famous stained-glass windows you’ll probably ever see. If you are lucky enough to bump into Rob Petrie (front of house), he will tell you all about the ins and outs of this incredible building. There is even a ghost 👻. Also, if you time it right and the bell ringers are pulling all the ropes, you will be treated to a free musical experience to tickle your eardrums.”

Truro Cathedral

“Beautiful city topped off with an outstanding cathedral to boot. We had a great time visiting this wonderful and tranquil piece of history.”

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

We visited on a Sunday, waiting until the morning service had finished, and joining the stragglers.

A statuesque building in the centre of the city, huge in proportions but feeling intimate and friendly.

My other half and I both love to visit Cathedrals and churches, him to take photographs and me to stand in awe, reflect and pray. St Edmundsbury served both these options, with access to quiet areas and also high ceilings, plenty of stained glass and, of course, the Lego in the corner – a scaled model of the building being constructed in Lego, with visitors and regulars being offered the chance to assist the build by buying a brick for a donation of £1; an inspired fund-raising idea.

A postcard, purchased from the well-stocked and tasteful Cathedral shop, showed the extent of the cathedral and it’s ancillary buildings when it was first constructed, and you get an impression of the importance and grandeur of the site.

A beautiful place to visit whether you are looking for photo opportunities, architectural wonders or just seeking to reach out to God.”