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St Columba

One of the most beautiful and well appointed buildings in the Church of Ireland estate situate in an Area of Townscape Character in east Belfast.

Knock, County Antrim

Opening times

Following completion of roof replacement works the church building will reopen for worshippers and visitors in early 2022.


Kings Road
County Antrim

St Columba's is surrounded by many period Victorian and Edwardian properties reflecting the wealth of the Belfast at the turn of the 19th century. Most of the church building was completed in 1896, a time of great church building throughout the British Isles, with late gothic being the standard style.

St Columba's is considered a fine example of Edwardian gothic with inventive use of detail,both Christian and from the natural world. There is a clear arts and craft inspiration for items of external carved stone and internal joinery. The church consists of a central four bay with clerestory windows above the south aisles. North and south single bay transepts, single bay deep chancel, single bay vestibule, vestry, truncated single stage towering choir vestry( with link corridor) complete the form.

Internally the church is arranged in a traditional manner with pews either side of central and side aisles to the double height nave and with the gathering area to the west end providing a flow from the baptistry (set at the base of the tower) and the entrance vestibule. A fine pipe organ was built and installed in 1902 by Norman & Beard of Norwich.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access throughout

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • As listed on the parish website.

  • Church of Ireland

  • Cornerstone Grant, £25,000, 2021

  • Repairs to roof and guttering

Contact information

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