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.
St George’s Market was also voted the nation’s favourite Heritage project in the 2014 National Lottery Awards. They recognise and reward the inspirational impact of National Lottery funded projects across the UK. There are seven categories, reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport, and voluntary or charity. St George’s Market beat off six other challengers in a public vote to win the Best Heritage Project. It received a £2,000 cash prize to spend on the project as well as a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
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
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 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 (Friday and Saturday only).
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.
This photo gallery shows some of the market traders and the products on sale.
You need to have Flash enabled to view this Flickr gallery. If you can’t see this gallery, visit www.flickr.com/belfastcitycouncil to view the photos.
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
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!