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“A Little Underwhelming”

St. Anne's Cathedral
Ranked #45 of 244 things to do in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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

Thank galwaygirl380
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"nice church"
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"entrance fee"
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"steeped in history"
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"walk around"
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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 are given for the £5 entrance fee was informative without being over the top.

Thank Alison G
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Right in the middle of the Cathedral Quarter easy to find this lovely building is quite modern in its decoration with a mix of traditional and modern stained glass windows and an unusual spike sticking out the top of the building. Only £5.00 to enter which includes a comprehensive guide book this is a must see whilst in Belfast.

Thank Nicola81677
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Found this whilst out walking the tour.

Very impressive building with lovely architecture and craftsmanship, a reminder of the skillset of yore which is rare these days.

Thank Gauldie2015
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

This cathedral was commissioned on the same year as the city hall. The city hall really got the best site- as the cathedral site is lacking in grandeur.
Originally Thomas Drew (a great name for an architect) designed a gothic building but he was talked out of building it by W.H. Lynn his consultant.
The final church is a mish-mash of architecture with each successive architect trying to put his stamp on the unfortunate building.
It is a pity that you have to pay (I think it is £5) to visit and pray in such a church

Thank Vincent D
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