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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
+44 28 9032 8332
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Reviewed yesterday

This cathedral was built around the original parish church of St Anne's and then the church demolished. One window from the original church ( The Samaritans window ) remains in the cathedral. There are a number of really beautiful mosaics around the building . There...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed yesterday

My friend from Dublin arrived by bus and I suggested we visit the Cathedral, we had an amazing tour and wonderful conversations with retired clergy who just love to give you as much information as you want! beautiful place and kept in a lovely way....More

Thank elizandbob
Reviewed 1 week ago

if there is need to support the church ask do not demand . Poor execution of Christian principles of permitting people to worship. I expect better of the major Cathedral in Dublin.

Thank luckystay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For me the best oart of this magnificent cathedral are the stunning glass mosaics done by two sisters. Oh and the stain glass is beautiful too. You won't be disapponted

Thank Ginny G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent spot steeped in history. The staff are very helpful and the cleric was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Very reasonably priced at just £12 for a family ticket.

Thank janeybobs19
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Visited with hubby as part of our Belfast City tour. An absolutely beautiful Cathedral radiating light. There are 4 services a day. There is a £5 entrance fee which includes a guidebook, £6 if you want the audio guide. Children under 16 are free. Guided...More

Thank Wasessa
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I have never really resented paying an entrance fee to a cathedral, I believe it all goes towards a good cause. However, I feel that a £5 per adult charge is too steep for this cathedral. There are some lovely memorials here and beautiful windows,...More

Thank Icklerobin
Reviewed 11 August 2017

After along walk from bus station finally found Belfast Cathedral After all the hype was not the building that I expected On entering was told that it would cost 5pounds to view the building but was told that I could pray in a little room...More

Thank bmclmar46
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We were initially impressed as we approached the building from the rear, but less so as the hotch-potch of styles jarred, with the stainless steel spire especially out of place. We do not agree with charging for entry to churches, so declined to go in.

Thank DCSouthport
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Wonderful place with very beautiful architectural features. Very interesting to visit. Certainly a good experience.

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