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Address: Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9032 8332
1:00 pm - 3:00 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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I always enjoy a good stroll through a cathedral. But if that doesn't sound like you, there's nothing overly spectacular to see here. They do have a huge spire hanging from the... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2014
Olivia K
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed November 7, 2014

I visited St Anne's a couple of weeks ago & could see straight away that a lot of money has been invested in this Cathedral to keep it looking as glorious as it is. I had read a few reviews before visiting & was prepared for the “money-hungry woman” to pounce looking for a donation. A woman did approach &... More 

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Reviewed November 4, 2014

My third great grandparents were married at St. Anne's when it was in a different building. It was so lovely to come and visit and be able to tour the cathedral on our own, taking as much time as we needed and photos along the way. There was a stained glass window that was from the original cathedral, and it... More 

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Reviewed October 29, 2014

Mosaic is not to be believed. They were very accomodating in allowing countless pictues to be taken.

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Reviewed October 29, 2014

I always enjoy a good stroll through a cathedral. But if that doesn't sound like you, there's nothing overly spectacular to see here. They do have a huge spire hanging from the ceiling that goes really high in the sky.

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Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was a beautiful cathedral. You do pay a £2 entrance fee but either that or a donation is pretty standard in most cathedrals I've been to. They give you a brochure with a map with numbered stops. The brochure explains in detail each of the stops. Architecturally it is quite something to see. Across the street there is a... More 

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Reviewed October 3, 2014

This church is absolutely breathtaking and well-worth the stop! There is so much of Belfast's history wrapped up inside that I was just enthralled from the pillars showing the different kinds of industry to all of the war memorials. The square across the street also made for a very pleasant place to enjoy our lunch from BAGEL:bagel across the street.... More 

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Reviewed September 30, 2014

Visited on a late afternoon on Monday and were very fortunate to be able to watch and listen to an all women's choir practice. In addition to the beautiful music we enjoyed walking around the sanctuary and looking at the wonderful architecture and stain glass windows. One of the more beautiful churches we visited in Ireland.

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Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful place, different from other churches in England we have visited, this one had a timber roof and is sinking! Very beautiful stainless Windows worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 5, 2014

Such a beautiful cathedral. You are allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral and believe me, you will take many! There is a guide available to take you around or you can wander with a guide book. Take time to just sit and contemplate.....it is an amazing place to do so. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed August 29, 2014

This cathedral is well worth a visit. It is a beautiful building and there is an audio tour you can take around the cathedral which has lots and lots of in depth information about the building so well worth the £4 charge.

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