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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)
“holy spirit” (6 reviews)
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Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9032 8332
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Grand building with beautiful facade and unique spike spire. Worth a look and include in your downtown wanderings. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We received a really warm welcome and spent time in the cool of the cathedral. Staff were preparing for a meal that evening for the students who had recently graduated. A nice touch! The architecture and the design captivated us.

Thank Walkhome
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful large cathedral with a lot of history. While we were there the choir were in a practise session which added to the occasion. Like a lot of Churches in Northern Ireland it has a lot of memorials to British Army Regiments...More

Thank Aidan B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited cathedrals in many cities and St Anne’s is totally different to any I have visited before. It looks fresh and modern and the huge spire that is breath taking. There is a lovely memorial to Titanic disaster which brings a tear to...More

Thank John F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sun was shining and the skies were bright blue during our visit here. We couldn't take the tour, as the BBC was in process of filming and most areas were blocked off. But our guide was very knowledgeable and provided interesting facts for us...More

Thank Debbie W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely building and on entering we were met by a lovely, friendly retired minister who gave us a bit of history about the cathedral. We wandered around the gift shop which was closing up for the day. Unfortunately, there is a charge...More

Thank casswife
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our walk around the Cathedral and although there was a small charge for going round it was worth it.The people there wre very friendly and talked knowledgeably apart from nobody knowing about a delightful vellum book that was on display.Well worth a...More

Thank glyn l
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place no doubt but a great shame the Christian spirit of the reception does not extend to using the toilets.

Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't really get to see much of the impressive space, but we had a warm welcome when we came by for the 5:30 evensong service. A small mixed-voice (men & women) choir, with truly excellent singers. We sat up in the choir stalls, as...More

Thank Holly W
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Worth a visit if you are in the cathedral distict. There is an entrance fee but we did ask for a guided tour by one of the cathedral volunteers. There was a ni e little gift shop there. Take the time to walk around the...More

Thank trvlseeker
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The architect of St Anne's Cathedral was Sir Thomas Drew
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These are buoys presented to the city to mark it's maritime history by the irishCommissioners of lights who are in charge of coastal safety lighthouses etc talk of moving them to the Cathedral quarter which might be a more... More
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