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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

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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Visited here on a Monday morning. We were the only tourists in the church. Paid a £5 fair each for entry and a guide book. Although not our official tour guide one of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2015
Miriam G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in Northern Ireland all my life, this is the first time I have visited the Cathedral and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Whenever you step through the door, you walk into the must stunning place ever! It had me captured from the start. There is so much to look at and so much to learn. The architecture is first... More 

Thank Lyndesay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A really fascinating and beautiful place to visit. A mixture of modernity and history with some really beautiful artifacts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Visited here on a Monday morning. We were the only tourists in the church. Paid a £5 fair each for entry and a guide book. Although not our official tour guide one of the stewards Alwyn was very friendly and explained much of the churches history throughout our visit. Very pretty interior and exterior. Good hour well spent. The staff... More 

Thank Miriam G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Absolutely beautiful. Look at the WWII memorial window! The kneeling cushions were made by parishioners and no two are alike. Dress warm as it is very chilly but SO worth it!!!

Thank proach1015
Bonito, MS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Its a beatiful place! It is beautiful outside and inside. I do not get paid for but I think my friend paid for us or gave a spontaneous contribution.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The cathedral was amazing inside and out. But it is unacceptable that there's an entrance fee in order to go further in the cathedral.

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BelfastCathedral, Public Relations Manager at St. Anne's Cathedral, responded to this review

We are delighted to have people visit our lovely Cathedral which, as you say, is amazing inside and out, and are sorry that you feel the entrance fee is unacceptable. There is no charge for anyone attending St Anne’s for worship or prayer. We would love to give free access all the time so everyone can enjoy our beautiful building... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Took my sister in law and 5 year old nephew here. My nephew saw the spire and thought the church was a space ship!! Took him in and he couldn't believe that it wasn't a space ship!!! Very impressive church, great detail To design and construction. The spire is iconic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This church is absolutely stunning and a must see for anyone who decides to go to Belfast. Included in my Black Cab Tour, I stood there in awe of the architecture and the history of the building. I was the last one out of there, but hope to go back there again someday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Not religious at all but our guide took us here and this building inside is outstanding and well worth a 30 minute look around

Thank David S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I always enjoy touring the beautiful churches in Europe - and this was no exception. Beautiful stained glass windows, etc.

Thank Callaway14

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