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St. Anne's Cathedral

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Address: Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9032 8332
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral...
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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There is something lovely about cathedrals I love spending time in them. There was such a lovely atmosphere here and lovely just to walk round it. Only downfall is it costs £5... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Whilst this Cathedral requires a lot of resource to run it, I think they have got it wrong by charging steep admission charges, and stocking overpriced gear in their shop. Most folk wouldn't mind paying a donation, and I'm sure there would be some generous donors within that bracket. I've visited some stunning churches, notably in Krakow, where there's a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Love visiting great churches, we have seen some impressive ones all over the world for free. But for £5 each this is expensive, we felt pressurised to buy the tickets by the woman and uncomfortable once inside. Not really much to see either really.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a small cathedral, but it is packed with interesting features and there's plenty to see. Perhaps surprisingly, it is of fairly recent construction - the nave was opened in 1904, and the north transept wasn't finished till 1981. There are some attractive stained glass windows, and the roof mosaic in the Baptistery is particularly beautiful. The entry fee... More 

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I found it odd that this church emphasizes the 20th century and military service as much as it does. There was little of the historic church. The 48 state US flag (a copy at that) was a strange highlight.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I'm probably slightly biased when it comes to St. Annes as I was married there in 2010! The Cathedral itself is majestc with beautiful architecture. There are a couple of side Chapels, including the Chapel of Unity at the front right hand side. This is where healing services are held and where Catholics and Protestants gathered together to pray for... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Really beautiful cathedral with stunning stain glass windows. £5 entrance fee for adults (not sure if this is the same for children!) Which I feel is really quite expensive, especially with it being a place of worship. I appreciate that such a place requires up keep, but I still feel such an extortionate entrance fee is not required. Putting the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went to this church met with a lady very pushy to sell sell sell walked back out something very wrong about this set up. Places need up keep we know this but not like this just been to Lisbon the gold church if anyone hqs been super one makes donation .went to catholic church in Belfast instead made a donation... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Beautiful cathedral, which I thoroughly recommend, but found being corned and told I had to cough up or could not go right in, by a cleric, rather obnoxious, so I left: money changers and all of that......

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

There is something lovely about cathedrals I love spending time in them. There was such a lovely atmosphere here and lovely just to walk round it. Only downfall is it costs £5 entrance fee and you get a guide book with that or you can get an audio tour - there are audio points at each point where you can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a place where you definitely want to have the guide walk you about. It's a church - old and chilly and lots of stuff crammed in it. Church of Ireland. We had a delightful guide who opened up the history, told stories about the people and made the whole place come alive. There was to be a concert... More 

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