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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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“celtic cross” (11 reviews)
“stained glass” (14 reviews)
“nice church” (5 reviews)
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Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently brought a friend to visit St.Anne's who wasn't from Belfast - it was stunning inside - the sense of calmness & having the respect where you are - it has a font of information , stunning architecture & statues - tourists would absolutely...More

Thank Caroline672013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

happened to be in the neighborhood and stumbled upon the church so we took a look see. Enormous. like two churches on top of each other

Thank JRocksmom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historical cathedral serves the local community with daily regular services. We were given the option of a local volunteer personal guide, an audio guide or just to wander with a guide book. The cost is currently £5 for adults, which we considered good value....More

Thank g0ldengirl7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit, stained glass windows, Belfast history, beautiful mosaics. £5 entry fee really reasonable. Peaceful spot in the city. Spent around 30 minutes here, final stop on a city sightseeing tour.

Thank robinson290
Reviewed 13 October 2017

As a regular churchgoer I always try to visit and support the Cathedrals all over Europe, and so passing by and seeing the huge Gaelic cross, popped in to have a look. The welcomer greeted me with "are you here for a long or short...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 4 October 2017

My wife and I did a four hour City Tour of Belfast. Afterwards, we decided to walk through some neighborhoods and visit St. Anne's Cathedral as well. Why? Because I read that the church has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland. What I did not...More

Thank sentellr
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Not Anglican, but popped in for Vespers, (Evensong?) on a Sunday. We were a bit early, gentleman at door said we were welcome to walk around and look, or stay to service, no mention of obligatory donation of which others on Tripadvisor have complained. Choir...More

Thank Geraldine H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Answer: Anglicans charge admission, in this case five pounds.. I am greatly offended at being asked at the door to pay for admission to a church. There is no fee to wander around St. Peters in Rome nor the magnificent Belfast City Hall, but St....More

Thank Edgar G
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This cathedral was built around the original parish church of St Anne's and then the church demolished. One window from the original church ( The Samaritans window ) remains in the cathedral. There are a number of really beautiful mosaics around the building . There...More

Thank Peter C
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