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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 1 week ago

St Anne's cathedral holds a special place in my heart. Following a performance of Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde in 1984 which I had directed, I proposed to my now wife of 34 years. What I remember with great affection is the way in which everyone...More

Thank David M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the grand steps you enter a tiny vestibule where everything is closed off except for the chapel and gift shop. You must pay to enter the church but you are more than welcome to browse the gift shop which has a plethora of merchandise...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit, wonderful building, there was a great WWII RAAF display when we dropped in. Friendly, helpful staff. The organ is sensational, sublime timbre and beautifully played on the day.

Thank Len M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Building. On nearly all of the bus tour routes. You won't be disappointed by a quick stop off.

Thank fortunatefeet
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time here for the easter egg hunt, not a short trip by any means, it was a real hunt to find the eggs which was great for the kids. The staff were excellent and very pleasant..great building and gift shop too! Will...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Standing proud near the city centre this sentinel of Belfast's vibrant cathedral quarter is a must visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily this Cathedral was only a few minutes walk away from my Hotel(Ramada) A relatively newish building, foundation stone only laid in 1899 on the site of older parish churches. The craftmanship is fantastic and the Guide provided is very self explanatory and interesting.

Thank RickyCardiff
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

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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