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Address: Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
Phone Number:
+44 28 9032 8332
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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We were filling time before our flight back home.. There is not much open on Sunday morning in Belfast. We decided to look at St Annes Cathedral and arrived just after a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 11, 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Designed by architect Sir Thomas Drew and begun in 1898, St. Anne's Cathedral is the main church of the (Anglican) Church of Ireland. It was built in neo-Romanesque style of the basilican type and has three west doorways adorned with sculpture. The baptismal chapel features an exquisite mosaic ceiling. Further points of interest are the carved stonework, many fine stained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

A must do! The highlight of my Belfast visit. The cathedral is beautiful and spiritually comforting. The mosaics are almost too beautiful for words and the Titanic pall is heart-stopping. I loved the self-paced audio tour and was impressed with the significance of so many structural elements and artifacts within the cathedral. I was fortunate to hear the organ as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We were filling time before our flight back home.. There is not much open on Sunday morning in Belfast. We decided to look at St Annes Cathedral and arrived just after a service had started. We decided to join the service and were made most welcome by a lot of people. At the end of the service there were offers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Interesting cathedral with a good historic past, amazingly narrowly missed being bombed in the last war. The guides were very informative myself and my friend were very pleased to have visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Although relatively newly built it feels 'old'. The audio tour was well worth the small fee. We attended Evensong and although the choir was small it was excellent and not to be missed if you can spare the time. It lasts only about 30 minutes and weekday service is 5.30 pm. There were unexpected gems and connections everywhere. Thoroughly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Went to St Anne's to see a Mozart concert with Ulster Orchestra and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. Beautiful building love the display units around the church. The Poppy display for the remembrance service was stunning. Beautiful place to visit if in Belfast.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We popped in to shelter from a sudden downpour, and were welcomed by a very knowledgeable guide who explained the history of the cathedral, which was relatively modern, as cathedrals go. Only one small altar area and front part of the church could be seen without paying, but you can get a good feel for the place in this way.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

The welcome to this important place of worship was second to none. Our guide, Robert, gave us a clear idea of what to expect on our audio tour and occasionally caught us up to see how we were doing. There are many beautiful contemporary stained glass windows to view as well as some touching artifacts such as a prayer book... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We enjotpyed a visit to st Anne's cathedral whils having a few days in Belfast.the cathedral like others is well appointed and well worth a visit. I always when in a place of worship give a voluntary contribution for the upkeep of the church,but disagree with an enforced fee upon entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

I am from Belfast and came across the opportunity to tour the cathedral with a mix of international students. Each of us enjoyed the experience and I would highly recommend as it is packed with interesting features.

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