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“Peace in the heart of the city”

St. Anne's Cathedral
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #48 of 238 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 16 May 2018

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 was made welcome, then and now. The controversial spire, which divided opinion when it was erected, is now a part of the Belfast skyline we wold miss greatly.
I'm not a church goer but I do visit often for a walk around and there are very good and well-informed guides most days.

Thank David M
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"celtic cross"
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"holy spirit"
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"nice church"
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"beautiful mosaics"
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"sir edward"
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"interesting features"
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"guide book"
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"entrance fee"
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"audio tour"
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"worth a visit"
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"steeped in history"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

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 with a vague religious motif. Other things for sale are just downright tacky. Very nice quiet chapel but I was so disappointed by the crass merchandising of this church that I did not stop to pray.

The exterior of the church badly needs power washing.

Thank Perkypaws
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

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 5 May 2018

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 2 May 2018

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 definitely make a return visit!

Thank tanba2016
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