About St George's Market
St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. It was built between 1890 and 1896 and is one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. It has been selected for numerous local and national titles and awards for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere. It holds a weekly Friday Variety Market, the City Food and Craft Market on Saturdays and the Sunday Market. It also hosts a range of events throughout the year.
It was named the UK's Best Large Indoor Market 2019 by the NABMA Great British Market Awards.
St George’s Market was also voted the nation’s favourite Heritage project in the 2014 National Lottery Awards.
Opening hours: 6am - 3pm
The Friday Variety Market dates back to 1604. It opens at 6am every week and runs until approximately 3pm. There are 300 market stalls selling a variety of products including: fruit, vegetables, antiques, books, clothes and fish. It's this assorted mix that attracts thousands of visitors each week. The fish section alone contains 23 fish stalls and holds the reputation for being the leading retail fish market on the island of Ireland.
City Food and Craft Market
Opening hours: 9am - 3pm
Details: The market offers a huge range of local, continental and specialty foods including meat and fish, cheese, coffee beans, tapas and organic products.
The Saturday Market has a fusion of tempting speciality foods from around the world as well as handmade crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work.
Enjoy the best food, tastes and smells brought by local producers including fish landed at Portavogie, pork from Cookstown, beef from Armagh, venison and pheasant in season, local organic vegetables. Continental and speciality foods include wild boar, tapas, cheeses, cured meats, teas and coffees from around the world, and delicious French pastries and crepes.
Sample the products or relax with a coffee and a newspaper while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live.
Opening hours: 10am - 4pm
Details: This market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, offering more local craftspeople the opportunity to show off their talents. You can also expect live music from local bands.
Along with local, continental and speciality foods such as spices, chutneys and chocolates, you can expect scented candles, clothes, handmade jewellery, recycled goods, household goods, antiques, garden plants, souvenirs, health and beauty products.
Quiet hour at St George’s
We have a quiet hour at our Friday (9am - 10am), Saturday (9am - 10am) and Sunday (10am - 11am) markets for customers who would benefit from a calmer and quieter shopping experience.
During these hours, we will turn the music off and keep other noise to a minimum to help create a more welcoming environment for all our visitors, especially people with autism and their families.
Find out what market events we have on at St George's Market, such as Twilight Market, and other markets events around Belfast like our annual Belfast Christmas Market.
How do I get there?
The free city centre and marketlink service runs every 10 minutes on Monday to Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays.
Free WiFi is available at this venue.
Performing at St George's Market
Would you like to showcase your musical talent whilst earning some money? We’re looking for individual artists, duos and small bands to join our list of weekend entertainers at St George’s Market. We have availability on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, every weekend throughout the year.
Please contact our Senior Markets Supervisor on 028 9043 5704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
- Best Large Indoor Market – NABMA Great British Market Awards
- Winter Twilight Market - winner of the VM Christmas Awards 2017: Hospitality sector (Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Travel and Leisure)
- Best Market Attraction - National Association of British Market Authorities
- Best Market 2016 - Observer Food Monthly Awards
- Twilight Market - winner of Tourism NI award for Market Innovation
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- joint runner up of Best Food Market - Radio 4 BBC Food and Farming Awards
- Best Heritage Project - National Lottery Award
- UK's Best Large Indoor Market - National Association of British Market Authorities
- runner up of Best Food Market - Radio 4 BBC Food and Farming Awards
- St George’s Market short listed - UK BBC Food awards
- one of the best place in the UK to buy fresh, local produce - Camping and Caravanning Club
- Most Atmospheric Market in the UK - Observer newspaper
Real Deal charter
Traders at St George's Market became the first in Northern Ireland to sign up to the national Real Deal charter, a campaign aimed at stamping out the possibility of fake, illegal or unsafe goods from market stalls.
Belfast City Council is the first local authority in Northern Ireland to embrace Real Deal, which reinforces our commitment to combating the sale of counterfeit and other illegal goods at the market by working in partnership with the relevant authorities. For more information on the Real Deal visit www.realdealmarkets.co.uk