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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

We really enjoyed our walk around the Cathedral and although there was a small charge for going round it was worth it.The people there wre very friendly and talked knowledgeably apart from nobody knowing about a delightful vellum book that was on display.Well worth a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place no doubt but a great shame the Christian spirit of the reception does not extend to using the toilets.

Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't really get to see much of the impressive space, but we had a warm welcome when we came by for the 5:30 evensong service. A small mixed-voice (men & women) choir, with truly excellent singers. We sat up in the choir stalls, as...More

Thank Holly W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit if you are in the cathedral distict. There is an entrance fee but we did ask for a guided tour by one of the cathedral volunteers. There was a ni e little gift shop there. Take the time to walk around the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A.k.a the Belfast cathedral. They have done away with audio guides but there is a beautiful brochure in place where you can go round reading about the key items and ornates in the cathedral, from the stained glass to the Titanic tribute, including spending time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful cathedral with a lovely atmosphere. Entry is £5 but you can see into the cathedral without paying and there is a free side chapel for quiet prayer and you can light a candle.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely old building and the volunteer staff are wonderfully friendly making it very worthwhile to take a guided tour.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding tapestry to the Titanic with the crosses for each life lost. Didnt know that Christ's grandmother was called Anne. yes Mary's mother was Anne. Met the Bishop/Father/Cardinal who was most informative about the WW1 memorial. Just fab.

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When travelling around Europe you start thinking not another church but this old cathedral in the centre of Belfast is worthwhile visiting. Maybe not as stately and ornate as some others but fits into this city and gives you an insight as to what Ireland...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delightful .A lovely church in a great area.What more can be said about God’s house in this magnificent setting a credit to see the rest to the restoration done to this lovely church in an area of BelfastI think it was a great mind set...More

Thank Jennifer S
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