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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank MVLVA
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Very pretty modern built cathedral. Clear guide book explains what's where! Easy to find with street signs.

Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 29 June 2017

I would not spend the money to get into see the whole thing. I think many other cities have much prettier cathedrals.

Thank WiMadcitytraveler
Reviewed 27 June 2017

A wonderful building to visit which still fulfils its role as a place of Christian worship. Many interesting archtectural features plus many historical photos of the clergy and choir over the years. Beware that a charge is made for entry (£5:adult, £4 senior). There are...More

Thank Ibis_user
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Unfortunately there was a service while I walked past it, so I could only peek inside and see the building from the outside. But what I saw looked really great!

Thank KyFlynn
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Easily reached on foot from city centre. Unfortunately we could only inspect the outside as private function was going on - would be worth organising time of visit to co-incide when open to public.

Thank NIGELSWAFFER
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