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Address: Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9032 8332
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Myra B
Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 21 October 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 15 October 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 9 October 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 2 October 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I returned to Belfast after a few years away and visited the Cathedral on a quiet afternoon as I used to do. It was always a haven of peace for me in times of trouble for quiet prayer and contemplation. I was shocked and actually moved to tears by being turned away by a person demanding an entrance fee. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Such a stunning cathederal very peaceful and steeped in history very welcoming lovely lady on the desk/shop at enterance and a fatastic wee shop with some beautiful gifts A worth while visit would recommend seeing bought a beautiful hand made shawl by a parishioner and babies christening hat which later turns into a hanky for bride to take to wedding

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Very impressive. St. Anne has replaced it tower with a modern chrome Spear which is a wonder in how it was installed. The church itself is a landmark and a must see if you like churches.

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