A Liverpool gem, Princes Road Synagogue

Liverpool is packed with architectural interest. But one particular gem I’d never been to until relatively recently is one of our finest. The Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool 8. You last saw pictures of it in the fog last week. Today, we’re going inside this magnificent gothic basilica.

Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool 8.
Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool 8.

It was designed by Edinburgh architect brothers, William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley and opened in 1874. One of its principal early benefactors was David Lewis, founder of Lewis’s department stores.

Anyway, let’s go in. Out of respect I’m not even going to try and describe the religious significance of all I’m about to show you. I’d possibly get it wrong. And anyway, my main purpose here is to make you want to go and see this lovely place for yourself. Which you can, details below.

Synagogue02 Synagogue04Synagogue05Synagogue03 Synagogue06 Synagogue07 Synagogue08 Synagogue09 Synagogue10 Synagogue11 Synagogue12 Synagogue13 Synagogue14 Synagogue15 Synagogue16 Synagogue17 Synagogue18Well, fantastic isn’t it? And yes, you have to wear a hat to go in. I didn’t mind at all. Realised I’d wanted one for ages.

And to visit? Here’s what they say:

“We offer pre-booked tours to adult and school groups on Mondays to Thursdays, from 10am until 3.30pm. Sunday tours are possible by special arrangement. Please contact the synagogue office to arrange a booking, 0151 709 3431.

Tours last for approximately 45 minutes, after which visitors will have a chance to browse our exhibition charting the history of the congregation and the wider Liverpool community; a donation of £4.00 per person is requested towards the upkeep of the building. Donations from schools are by arrangement.

An exhibition is included as part of the tour. Located in our synagogue annexe, this will showcase the congregation’s history of 230 years through images, artefacts and silverware.”

Much more about the Synagogue on the community’s own website.

And do go if you get the chance. Until you’ve been here, there’s an essential bit of Liverpool missing from your life.

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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  1. I used to belong to a small group of people and we went on mini-bus trips eg Carnforth railway station, Llandudno Great Orme, Preston FC Museum, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, A Hindu temple in Edge Lane, and of course the fantastic Synagogue.

    It’s every bit as you say and more. But sadly when we visited, we were not allowed to take photos inside for ‘security reasons,’ so a real opportunity was missed.

    1. That’s a shame. But they’re obviously feeling more relaxed now, as no one minded us taking these.

      And by the way, I hope you didn’t hire a mini-bus to get from the Dingle to Princes Avenue? Or did you go some long way round of your own imagining?

  2. Amazing place. We are taking a party of school students there in March. Then we will go around the corner to the Mosque and finish up at Paddy’s Wigwam.

      1. The real gem that nobody visits is St Margaret’s Church right next door but one to the Synagogue on Prince’s Rd. It’s the only building in Liverpool by the well known architect G E Street. It was refurbished at a cost of £1 million in the early 2000s

  3. Great post, thank you. The synagogue phone number is 709 3431, not 734 3431, though. Not sure what our current policy is on taking photos – it changes (I’m not part of the tours team).

    I count myself lucky that I served in a senior management position on the board here from 2006-14, have sung in the choir since 1992 & have acted as third-choice cantor (!) on & off since 1994. Sadly, the building is desperate need of major repairs, but we’re doing our best to address the situation.

    Saul Marks.

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