Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne

Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne

Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:45 PM - 3:00 PM
About
Belfast Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, has stood for over 100 years as a place of Christian worship in the heart of Belfast. The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid in 1899 and the building itself, Romanesque in style, continued to grow over the years. The 40 metre stainless steel Spire of Hope was added in 2007. The Cathedral contains detailed mosaics by the sisters Gertrude and Margaret Martin, elaborately carved stonework by sculptors Rosamond Praeger, Morris Harding and Esmond Burton, beautiful stained glass windows and more. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is free to visit for quiet prayer. Our admission prices for self-guided tours includes a Visitors Guide or Audio Guide, which is available in 8 languages. Guided Tours with our experienced Volunteer Tour Guides are subject to availability, Monday to Saturday. Larger groups are asked to contact the Cathedral in advance of their visit.
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  • Jaffathecat1
    586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's the unusual spire which makes this a must visit place
    Cathedrals aren't for everyone but this relatively modern church is well worth a detour to visit. The unusual spike like spire built of steel was incorporated so as not to weigh the building down, putting pressure on its less than firm foundations! It rather resembles a dagger being suspended over the pulpit & congregation! An accident of design or subliminal religious symbolism?!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Sherrie H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit to a fabulous local cathedral
    We visited St Anne’s on 19 Sep.2023 and after paying a nominal entrance fee, were met, unexpectedly, by a guide named Matt who offered to show us around. Matt was welcoming, friendly, funny & knowledgeable and, whilst I had visited once before without a guide, I learnt so much more about the cathedral through Matt. This was a morning well spent and a memorable experience for me and my family, enriched through Matt’s guidance and entertaining stories. We have visited many cathedrals but I have to say this was definitely one of the best I have experienced. The cathedral itself is beautiful, yet not too large to be overwhelming! The mosaics are a sight to behold and the warmth of the welcome & the experience as a whole is definitely not to be missed! I would highly recommend a visit and, if you are lucky enough to be met by Matt, you will most certainly have an enjoyable and memorable time there! Many thanks for a genuinely interesting, informative & thoroughly entertaining morning Matt!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • EmzaW
    Belfast, United Kingdom4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pay to pray
    I visited with my son as he was about to make his communion and I thought it would be lovely to visit and go in for a prayer. It's a beautiful church but I think it's really poor to charge Belfast people a fee after former Dean Rev. Mann was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph "... there is no way that we are going to charge the people of Belfast who want to come in to their own cathedral,” On the way out I smiled and said goodbye, but was ignored because there were new visitors entering the cathedral who had not yet been charged their entry fee, so all smiles and chat were directed at them.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 May 2024
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Architecture
    Belfast Cathedral is on the edge of the City Centre and is a magnificent building. It has a huge cross on the side of the building and a grand entrance. If you like church architecture you will probably want to admire this building.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2024
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Pandabuddie
United Kingdom1,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Had a nice walk through the cathedral.

Not crowded at all as visited late on in the afternoon before it closed.

Worth a visit.
Written 21 June 2024
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A modern, but very attractive cathedral is well worth making a visit to.
There is a great emphasis placed upon honoring those who have lost their lives while providing services either for humanity or in armed conflicts. Quite unique in that a wide range is acknowledged in one centre, and also very humbling to those who view the many memorials. It also exudes a very welcoming atmosphere and with its abundance of explanations for a variety of aspects within the cathedral, proves to be exceedingly educative.
Written 7 June 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Belfast Cathedral is on the edge of the City Centre and is a magnificent building. It has a huge cross on the side of the building and a grand entrance.

If you like church architecture you will probably want to admire this building.
Written 24 May 2024
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LMS
Market Drayton, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stayed close to the Cathedral and were fortunate to call in just in time for Choral Evensong with a visiting choir from North Carolina.
A beautiful church to visit but even better if you care to join in a service.
Written 22 May 2024
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EmzaW
Belfast, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I visited with my son as he was about to make his communion and I thought it would be lovely to visit and go in for a prayer. It's a beautiful church but I think it's really poor to charge Belfast people a fee after former Dean Rev. Mann was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph "... there is no way that we are going to charge the people of Belfast who want to come in to their own cathedral,” On the way out I smiled and said goodbye, but was ignored because there were new visitors entering the cathedral who had not yet been charged their entry fee, so all smiles and chat were directed at them.
Written 4 May 2024
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Trevor M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place was a fridge and the seating was so uncomfortable. I noticed some people on the way in carrying cushions and wearing gloves, scarf and a hat and I soon found out why when I entered the Cathedral. When the event was over, I was chilled to the bone and shivering continuously!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!
Written 16 March 2024
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Sherrie H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We visited St Anne’s on 19 Sep.2023 and after paying a nominal entrance fee, were met, unexpectedly, by a guide named Matt who offered to show us around.
Matt was welcoming, friendly, funny & knowledgeable and, whilst I had visited once before without a guide, I learnt so much more about the cathedral through Matt.
This was a morning well spent and a memorable experience for me and my family, enriched through Matt’s guidance and entertaining stories.
We have visited many cathedrals but I have to say this was definitely one of the best I have experienced. The cathedral itself is beautiful, yet not too large to be overwhelming! The mosaics are a sight to behold and the warmth of the welcome & the experience as a whole is definitely not to be missed!
I would highly recommend a visit and, if you are lucky enough to be met by Matt, you will most certainly have an enjoyable and memorable time there!
Many thanks for a genuinely interesting, informative & thoroughly entertaining morning Matt!
Written 23 September 2023
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Jaffathecat1
oxford586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Cathedrals aren't for everyone but this relatively modern church is well worth a detour to visit. The unusual spike like spire built of steel was incorporated so as not to weigh the building down, putting pressure on its less than firm foundations! It rather resembles a dagger being suspended over the pulpit & congregation! An accident of design or subliminal religious symbolism?!
Written 8 September 2023
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Fiona C
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This cathedral is special because it’s (relatively) modern, although entirely traditional in design, so the stonework is sparkling clean.
Worth the £2.50 entrance cost to see the Creation Mosaic alone.
Written 4 August 2023
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hannahbodily
Bedford, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Expected to walk in and spend 10 minutes wandering around, but ended up spending an hour there with good information boards and guide book (£1.50). Do pay an entrance fee, but think it’s well worth the money (£2.50) and happy to contribute to the upkeep of a lovely cathedral.
Written 25 July 2023
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