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St. Anne's Cathedral

Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 8332
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Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is a treasure trove of art, culture and music. Services take place four times daily, with a sung service most days. The Cathedral has a range of choirs, including a new Boys' Choir, with many members recruited from St Anne's innovative cross-community Choir School project. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1904 and extended over the years, with the eye-catching Spire of Hope added in 2006. Today, as well as being a sacred space and place of worship, St Anne's also provides a stunning backdrop for concerts, recitals and carol services. Inside its lofty interior are mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson, and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The mosaics of Italian glass are by sisters Gertrude and Margaret Martin - the mosaic over the font is said to hold more than 150,000 pieces! St Anne's has spectacular stained glass windows and some very fine needlework, including the poignant Titanic Pall. Visitors can avail of a guide booklet and optional audio tour. There is a shop stocking original gifts. As St Anne's is the Cathedral for the City of Belfast, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is free to visitors for quiet prayer at any time.
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Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
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"nice church"
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"beautiful mosaics"
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"steeped in history"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a beautiful cathedral but I think the spire that was put on in the last ten years looks awful and really doesn't fit with the rest of the architecture.

Thank alexisdni
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This cathedral is close enough to the centre but it is somewhat disappointing internally in terms of expectations. And like much of Belfast externally it needs power washing

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We visited the day a wedding fayre was being held in the nave. However this didn't spoil our visit as we weren't looking for complete quiet. This is a smaller cathedral than many I've seen but it has several interesting features and the guide you...More

Thank Alison G
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Right in the middle of the Cathedral Quarter easy to find this lovely building is quite modern in its decoration with a mix of traditional and modern stained glass windows and an unusual spike sticking out the top of the building. Only £5.00 to enter...More

Thank Nicola81677
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Found this whilst out walking the tour. Very impressive building with lovely architecture and craftsmanship, a reminder of the skillset of yore which is rare these days.

Thank Gauldie2015
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

This cathedral was commissioned on the same year as the city hall. The city hall really got the best site- as the cathedral site is lacking in grandeur. Originally Thomas Drew (a great name for an architect) designed a gothic building but he was talked...More

Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Awesome ! This place is so very grand and airy The stained glass windows are befitting a fairy 🧚🏿‍♂️ The staff are very welcoming 🙏 At this glorious cathedral fit for a king 👑

Thank RhymeReviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Went to the cathedral and had a tour guide who gave us a wonderful tour of this beautiful place , well worth a visit to find out the history of the cathedral

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

There is so much to see in this cathedral, not just the expected array of religious regalia but a big chunk of social and military history to boot. It is an excellent place to wander around whether you are religious or not and the perfect...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We are not used to paying to visit cathedrals, but this is worth the tour. Some history, interesting architecture - especially some of the more modern elements - and a very easy to follow tour. It was very cold in there though!

Thank Disc0Debs
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