"St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast" Top 5 Page for this destination Belfast Tip by arty_girl
Belfast, Northern Ireland: 20 reviews and 36 photos
St. Anne's Cathedral is a stunning building which I appreciate nearly every weekday on my way to university. The architecture is stunning yet it's located in a street which one might not realise was so special unless told. Entrance is completely free and you'll be given a leaflet on your way in, allowing you to give yourself a guided tour, at your own pace. There's so much to see within the cathedral. It is open to visitors from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and for a short period before and after services on Sundays. For anyone who has restricted mobility it is wheelchair accesible.
Belfast's Black Santa is now a well known tradition. The "Black Santa" tradition at the cathedral was started by Dean Sammy Crooks in 1976. He decided that there was too much emphasis being placed on raising money for preserving the beautiful building and decided to raise money for the poor and charities instead. He sat outside every day before christmas, dressed in the black clothes of the Anglican cloak and this tradition still continues to this very day at christmas time. Donations may be made at any time of the year, by sending a cheque made payable to "Cathedral Sit out" to the Dean, at Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB. So even if you aren't there to see him at christmas time, the Black Santa can still raise money.
There's a 3D tour of this beautiful cathedral on the website and I've also included some of my own photos here on VT. http://www.belfastcathedral.org/visitors/virtual-tour/
Address: Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2H
Directions: Beside the University of Ulster Art College.
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