Arrangements for those wishing to come to Sir Ken Dodd’s funeral


Liverpool Cathedral is honoured to be able to help the city say their farewells to Sir Ken Dodd.

The funeral is open to the public to attend but due to the sheer numbers wishing to come we cannot fulfil any requests for reserved seating. Only those directly invited by the family and civic dignitaries will be able to have a reserved place.

We will accommodate all other mourners inside the cathedral on a first come first served basis until we are full. We recommend arriving early. A live audio-visual feed to mourners outside the cathedral will be available courtesy of Liverpool City Council.Radio Merseyside will broadcast the service live on FM and the internet.

We will have an area reserved for disabled guests but this will be limited to about 15 people and again will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To allow all of this to happen we will not have any parking at the cathedral on the day of the funeral. We’re sorry but we will not be able to offer disabled parking. We will make provision for disabled visitors to be dropped off by the cathedral. Our staff will be on hand to help.

Our cathedral will be open for visitors until 12 pm. After that time we will only be able to accommodate those who are staying for the funeral. The funeral will start at 1 pm and is expected to last for an hour and a quarter.

Following the service, the family will have a private interment. We ask everyone to respect their privacy at that time.

Information for visitors
We will be open for visitors as normal from 8am but will close for visitors at 12pm

Our Tower Experience and Mezzanine Cafe will be closed all day.
Our shop will be open from 9am to 12:45pm. It will reopen shortly after the service, closing at 5pm.
The Welsford restaurant will open from 9am to 12pm 


The funeral route to our cathedral

Liverpool City Council have published the route for Sir Ken's funeral cortege. The route, which will start just after 11am, will be led by a horse-drawn hearse in a nod to Sir Ken’s father’s job as a coal merchant. It is as follows:

East Prescot Road (opposite Alder Hey hospital)
Queens Drive (A5058) continue onto flyover
Childwall Fiveways
Queens Drive (A5058)
Allerton Maze
Allerton Road (B5180)
Smithdown Road (A562)
Ullet Road (A5089)
Croxteth Road (B5175)
Princes Road (B5175)
Catherine Street
Canning Street
Upper Duke Street
Cathedral Gate 

As a mark of respect the flags at the Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library will be lowered for the day.