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St George's Market

Vote for St George's Market

Lottery vote for usSt George's Market has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award - the annual search for the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects! The market is competing against six other organisations to win Best Heritage Project and is the only project in its category from Northern Ireland. 

To vote for St George’s Market, go to or call 0844 836 9697. Voting is now open and you can register your vote until midnight on Wednesday 23 July 2014, so please - vote for St George's!

The project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize as well as an iconic trophy.

Watch our YouTube video to find out why you should vote for St George's Market!

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 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities, beating off stiff competition from internationally renowned markets like Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Borough. 

Variety Market

Day: Friday
Opening hours: 6am - 2pm
The Friday Variety Market dates back to 1604. It opens at 6am every week and runs until approximately 2pm. There are 248 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

Day: Saturday
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.

Sunday Market

Day: Sunday
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 specialty 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. 

How do I get there?

A free market shuttle-bus runs every 20 minutes, 11am - 3pm, to and from the market.

Video of St George's Market

This short video shows footage and images of St George's Market. It includes interviews with stallholders and customers describing how the market has changed over the years. You'll hear about the variety of products on sale at the weekly markets, plus a brief overview of the history of the market, which dates back to 1896.

Photo gallery

This photo gallery shows some of the market traders and the products on sale. 

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 

Find us on Tripadvisor

We’re proud that St George’s Market has been awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (4.5 out of 5 score), which means it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions we’ve earned on TripAdvisor over the past year.

Thanks to everyone who shared their experience and feedback!

Contact us
028 9032 0202
Development Department
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street