We do hope that you will come and visit the Cathedral in person. It is undoubtedly one of Belfast's greatest and most magnificent buildings in terms of size, architecture, mosaics, stone carving, textiles and history. It is a "must see" for every visitor to the city.
This page provides the practical information that will be useful to you.
ADMISSION AND GUIDES
Visitors to St Anne’s Cathedral can learn about its history and its unique features by choosing either our high quality guidebook or our state-of-the art audio tour.
The current admission charges are as follows:
-Adults £5 (including guide book or audio tour)
-Concession (Student / Over 60) £4
-Children (5-12yrs) £3
-Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £12
-Guided Tours £6
Larger groups, including those from schools or colleges, are asked to contact the Cathedral in advance of their visit. Please ring 028 9032 8332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no fee for anyone attending services or visiting the Cathedral for private prayer and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be free to visit for quiet prayer at any time.
St Anne's is open to the public:
-Monday to Saturday from 9am-5.15pm (last audio tour at 4.45pm)
The audio guide has a beautiful musical underlay and an audio tour lasts approximately 40 minutes. The tour is conducted by a variety of commentators. Highlights include the tomb of Lord Carson - the only person buried in the Cathedral - where the audio includes extracts from the original funeral service in 1935, and personal reflections by Sir Donald Murray, who was a choirboy in St Anne's on the day of the service.
In the Military Chapel, Colonel David Twigg, one of the founding committee of the Royal Irish Regiment which established the chapel, tells the fascinating story of a unique handmade Prayer Book. Master of the Choristers David Stevens talks about the choirs and the organ, and the audio relates the story of the stunning handcrafted Titanic pall.
Running costs at Belfast Cathedral are of the order of £1650 per day, excluding capital building costs. Unfortunately the admission charge is a necessity to support the ministry of the cathedral and the maintenance of this iconic building as the focal point of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
ACCESS TO THE CATHEDRAL
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.
The Cathedral is located within the City Centre on Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB and of course it is the focal point of the vibrant Cathedral Quarter. It is perhaps 50 metres from the major junction with Royal Avenue and opposite Writer's Square. The latter is an urban park celebrating Belfast's vibrant cultural heritage, with quotations from 27 deceased Northern Ireland authors inscribed in stone at various points across the square. They include the poet Louis MacNeice and John Hewitt, novelists Sam Hanna Bell and CS Lewis and playwright Stewart Parker.
Telephone 028 9032 8332
Click here for Northern Ireland Tourist Board website entry for Belfast Cathedral.