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Address: Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
Phone Number:
+44 28 9032 8332
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter...

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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such a pretty cathedral

I have been to st anne's cathedral for a few carol services at Christmas time.although the wooden seats were uncomfortable,the artittecture was lovely inside.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Lancashire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have to say a quiet time at the end of a long day this has to be the place to chillax. If you wish to prey there is no charge otherwise it's a fiver... unless you choose to go to a service!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited on a Sunday, arriving at about 12.45pm. Entry fee of £5 was very reasonable and well worth it, and included a free guide booklet detailing the main aspects of the cathedral. One of the friendly members of staff on duty also spent several minutes pointing out some of the features. Great that photography is allowed (with sensitivity if... More 

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Bangor
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Cathedral recently quiet day no one about. Was surprised to see that there is a charge to enter. I have visited Cathedrals world wide most recently in Argentina( Buenos Aires) and rarely pay. There is not a lot to see in St Anne's compared to other sites. A nice Cathedral nevertheless. But not worth an entrance fee whatever... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Folks working inside are a wealth of info. Construction going on outside. To tour the church there is a fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to st anne's cathedral for a few carol services at Christmas time.although the wooden seats were uncomfortable,the artittecture was lovely inside.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Designed by architect Sir Thomas Drew and begun in 1898, St. Anne's Cathedral is the main church of the (Anglican) Church of Ireland. It was built in neo-Romanesque style of the basilican type and has three west doorways adorned with sculpture. The baptismal chapel features an exquisite mosaic ceiling. Further points of interest are the carved stonework, many fine stained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

A must do! The highlight of my Belfast visit. The cathedral is beautiful and spiritually comforting. The mosaics are almost too beautiful for words and the Titanic pall is heart-stopping. I loved the self-paced audio tour and was impressed with the significance of so many structural elements and artifacts within the cathedral. I was fortunate to hear the organ as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were filling time before our flight back home.. There is not much open on Sunday morning in Belfast. We decided to look at St Annes Cathedral and arrived just after a service had started. We decided to join the service and were made most welcome by a lot of people. At the end of the service there were offers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Interesting cathedral with a good historic past, amazingly narrowly missed being bombed in the last war. The guides were very informative myself and my friend were very pleased to have visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Although relatively newly built it feels 'old'. The audio tour was well worth the small fee. We attended Evensong and although the choir was small it was excellent and not to be missed if you can spare the time. It lasts only about 30 minutes and weekday service is 5.30 pm. There were unexpected gems and connections everywhere. Thoroughly recommend... More 

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