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.
The Cathedral is open to visitors from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm seven days a week, but may occasionally be closed for a special service.
It is always closed to tourists from 11:00 to 12:30 on Sundays for the Sung Eucharist service. All denominations are very welcome to join us in worship at this or any other service. Please see Diary for the full schedule of services for the current month. There will always be a quiet area in the Cathedral for private prayer.
Visits by groups and schools are welcomed. Please see the relevant sections in the Visitors section of the website.
Belfast Cathedral has charitable status, and as such we receive no government funding. With a small congregation we struggle to remain viable, despite seeking to generate additional income and reduce costs in every way possible. As you might imagine, such a magnificent building is expensive to maintain and run. Please see Supporters section for more information on the contribution the Cathedral makes to the life of the city of Belfast.
Our routine running costs are of the order of £1000 per day or £2 per minute.
GIVE US A MINUTE PLEASE
We do not charge admission, but would suggest a donation of £2 per adult to help us keep this great building viable - £2 will keep us open for 1 minute - your donations are critical to our survival. But most importantly we do hope you will come and visit us, benefit from the beauty and tranquility of this great building, and donate whatever you consider appropriate and can afford.
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.
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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.