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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
+44 28 9032 8332
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Reviewed yesterday

Found this whilst out walking the tour. Very impressive building with lovely architecture and craftsmanship, a reminder of the skillset of yore which is rare these days.

Thank Gauldie2015
Reviewed 3 days ago

This cathedral was commissioned on the same year as the city hall. The city hall really got the best site- as the cathedral site is lacking in grandeur. Originally Thomas Drew (a great name for an architect) designed a gothic building but he was talked...More

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome ! This place is so very grand and airy The stained glass windows are befitting a fairy 🧚🏿‍♂️ The staff are very welcoming 🙏 At this glorious cathedral fit for a king 👑

Thank RhymeReviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the cathedral and had a tour guide who gave us a wonderful tour of this beautiful place , well worth a visit to find out the history of the cathedral

1  Thank Stephen e
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is so much to see in this cathedral, not just the expected array of religious regalia but a big chunk of social and military history to boot. It is an excellent place to wander around whether you are religious or not and the perfect...More

Thank travelpassion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are not used to paying to visit cathedrals, but this is worth the tour. Some history, interesting architecture - especially some of the more modern elements - and a very easy to follow tour. It was very cold in there though!

Thank Disc0Debs
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We had a day in Belfast and my friend and I were deciding on the places we will go to in the train ride. We had the Titanic Museum and the City Hall in mind, but we were not sure about the third place we...More

1  Thank Zainab F
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

The beautiful St. Anne's(or Belfast) Cathedral is a must if in the city centre. The audio guide well worthwhile - - a nice oasis from the shops. staff very helpful and friendly The tomes containing names of Irish people killed in WW1 very interesting ___you...More

1  Thank Tony M
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We paid for the audio tour which was informative and not too tedious. The cathedral itself was beautiful with many gorgeous stained glass windows. Very peaceful and a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Belfast city

1  Thank Stephen B
BelfastCathedral, Public Relations Manager at St. Anne's Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

We are delighted you came to visit us and glad you enjoyed the audio tour.

Reviewed 17 November 2017

The foundation stone for St. Anne's Cathedral was laid in 1899 & it took just over 4 years to build. Once the Cathedral was completed, the original parish church of St. Anne was demolished having been subsumed by the new building. There are many interesting...More

Thank John H
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