Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne

The foundation stone to Belfast Cathedral was laid in 1899 and the nave was consecrated in 1904. The Spire of Hope was added in 2006.

The Cathedral is a Romanesque building with five large pillars each side of the central nave with half pillars in the walls at either end; windows that are each a single huge light, mosaics in two ceilings and covering a tympanum above the west door and that above the entrance to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Four archangels are carved high in the corners of the nave, an apse and ambulatory at the east end and massive round arches throughout the whole building.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, added in 1932, has stained glass windows relating to the activity of the Holy Spirit as described in the Bible.

On the opposite side of the Cathedral is the baptistery. The carvings are by Rosamund Praeger, who also designed the bronze plaque above Lord Carson’s tomb, the only person buried in the Cathedral.

The detailed nave pillar capitals, each with a different theme, were carved chiefly by Morris Harding, whilst the carving on the West façade is by Esmond Burton and is a memorial to those who lost their lives in 1914-1918 War.

The Cathedral’s mosaics of Italian glass are by sisters, Gertrude and Margaret Martin.

The Cathedral has many stained glass windows; the huge nave windows depict characters from the Old Testament, those in the ambulatory show some of the fruits of the Spirit, while the east window pictures the parable of the Good Samaritan. The central west window depicts Christ in glory. Modern windows are to be seen in the Chapel of Unity and the Royal Irish Regimental Chapel.

St Anne’s has some very fine needlework, including handcrafted kneelers and the Titanic Pall.

St Anne’s Cathedral now offers a state-of-the art audio guide.

The Cathedral is a sacred space and is open for worship and services outside of visiting hours. Anyone can come in freely at any time of the day for quiet and a place to pray.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Accessibility information:

Access to the Cathedral is available to the physically challenged. Both the exterior and interior is equipped with ramps. There is a rest room facility and a lift to the lower floor of the Cathedral Centre. There is also access to the sanctuary which enables full participation in the Eucharist. Designated seating can easily be removed to enable wheelchair users to sit with their friends in the congregation.

Prices:

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is free to visit for quiet prayer at any time.

Admission Fee:
Adults £2
Concessions (over 60s and students, children aged 6 - 15) £1
Children 5 and under Free

Groups of 10 or more – Adult:
Discounted group rates are available if booked in advance. Please call to discuss. Note that a maximum size will apply if audio tours are required.
£1 pp admission with live guide if booked in advance. If not booked in advance, standard adult £2 admission will apply.

Groups of 10 or more – Children e.g. school groups:
Discounted group rates are available if booked in advance. Please call to discuss. Note that a maximum size will apply if audio tours are required.
£1 pp including adult supervisors with live guide if booked in advance.

Additional Visitor Experience:
Official Guidebook £2
Audio Guide £4

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday 09:00-17:15
Sunday 13:00-15:00

Daily services
Monday to Saturday
08:10 Morning Prayer
08:30 The Eucharist
13:00 Prayers (Eucharist on Wednesdays and Saints’ Days and other Holy Days).
17:30 Evening Prayer (Choral on weekdays from 19th Sept 2014)

Sunday Services
08:00 and 10:00 The Eucharist
11:00 Sung Eucharist
15:30 Choral Evensong

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Mondays
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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