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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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“celtic cross” (11 reviews)
“stained glass” (13 reviews)
“nice church” (5 reviews)
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Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 8332
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Reviewed 4 days ago

As a regular churchgoer I always try to visit and support the Cathedrals all over Europe, and so passing by and seeing the huge Gaelic cross, popped in to have a look. The welcomer greeted me with "are you here for a long or short...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did a four hour City Tour of Belfast. Afterwards, we decided to walk through some neighborhoods and visit St. Anne's Cathedral as well. Why? Because I read that the church has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland. What I did not...More

Thank sentellr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not Anglican, but popped in for Vespers, (Evensong?) on a Sunday. We were a bit early, gentleman at door said we were welcome to walk around and look, or stay to service, no mention of obligatory donation of which others on Tripadvisor have complained. Choir...More

Thank Geraldine H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Answer: Anglicans charge admission, in this case five pounds.. I am greatly offended at being asked at the door to pay for admission to a church. There is no fee to wander around St. Peters in Rome nor the magnificent Belfast City Hall, but St....More

Thank Edgar G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

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 31 August 2017 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 19 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
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