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St. Anne's Cathedral

Gaze up at the famous Spire of Hope that rises from this structure’s roof and lights up the Cathedral Quarter at night.

St. Anne’s Cathedral is a Church of Ireland treasure full of intriguing works of art, mesmerizing mosaics and historical relics. It was built in the early 1900s to replace an 18th-century church. Attend concerts, recitals or carol services, which make use of the church’s excellent acoustics.

Admire the detailed façade of the church, with its portal and sculpted pediment. Capture photos of the pointed Spire of Hope that rises from the glass ceiling in the cathedral’s roof. The 130-foot (40-meter) illuminated spire is easily visible at night, providing a useful meeting point for friends. In the nave, look up to view the base of the spire from underneath. Notice the strength of the large gray columns and arches.

Take an audio tour of the church for a small fee. Move to the sanctuary to see the stained-glass window portraying the Good Samaritan tale. This is the only part preserved from the original church. Visit the Chapel of the Holy Spirit to admire the spectacular mosaics that portray St. Patrick. Among the highlights are the Martin sisters’ Italian glass mosaics, which contain more than 150,000 pieces.

The cathedral has one of the largest pipe organs in the country, originally dating back to 1907. Inspect the military memorials and the tribute to Irish unionist politician Edward Carson. Meditate at a pew with a view of the altar. Purchase souvenirs from the gift shop.

Stroll through spacious pedestrianized St. Anne’s Square and appreciate the elegance of its buildings. Peruse the boutiques and cafés beneath the colonnade. The Cathedral Quarter is known for its tranquil sites, such as the Belfast Central Library.

Visit the church between morning and late afternoon Mondays through Saturdays or early afternoon on Sundays. Pay a small fee for admission and a souvenir brochure. Attend a service or pray privately without a fee.

St. Anne’s Cathedral lies on its namesake square in the center of the city. It is next to the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Buoy Park and part of the Ulster University Campus. Park your car in the multi-story underground lot beneath the square.


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Jurys Inn Belfast

Jurys Inn Belfast

Great Victoria St, Belfast
4.0
of 5, from 326 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

$114
Malmaison Belfast

Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast
4.2
of 5, from 166 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Belfast, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Waterfront Hall, and St. Anne's Cathedral. Belfast City Hall and Odyssey Arena are also within 15 minutes.

$76
Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre

Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre

20 Talbot Street, Belfast
4.0
of 5, from 292 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from Metropolitan Arts Centre and St. Anne's Cathedral. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

$72
Travelodge Belfast Central

Travelodge Belfast Central

15 Brunswick Street, Belfast
3.3
of 5, from 213 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

$75
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

40 Hope Street, Belfast
3.9
of 5, from 509 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is located next to the Golden Mile in the heart of the Belfast city center, just a short walk to the Great Victoria Street bus and railway station and Grand Opera House.

$128
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Titanic Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Titanic Belfast and Odyssey Arena. Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$117
Bullitt Hotel

Bullitt Hotel

40a Church Lane, Belfast
4.6
of 5, from 42 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, St. Anne's Cathedral, and Belfast City Hall. Waterfront Hall and Odyssey Arena are also within 15 minutes.

$69
ibis Belfast City Centre

ibis Belfast City Centre

100 Castle Street Northern Ire, Belfast
4.1
of 5, from 176 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Court Shopping Centre, Grand Opera House, and Belfast City Hall. St. Anne's Cathedral and Ulster Hall are also within 15 minutes.