St George’s Market is the last surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast.

It was built between 1890 and 1896. It is located in an area known as the ‘Markets’ as it was dominated by the Belfast abattoir and animal and farm markets.

There was a market on this site dating back to 1604.

After heavy bombing of Belfast by German aircraft in World War II, St George’s Market was used as an emergency mortuary.

Approximately 900 were killed during the bombing raids; 255 bodies were brought to St George’s Market in an attempt to identify them.

Today there are three markets held in St Georges:

Friday variety market where there are around 200 market stalls selling fruit, vegetables, antiques, books, clothes, hot food, cakes and buns, crafts and a large selection of fresh fish.

Saturday city food and craft market that has local, continental and specialty foods including meat and fish, cheese, coffee beans, tapas and organic products from around the world.

Sunday market, craft and antiques market which features a mix of the Friday and Saturday markets with emphasis on local arts and crafts, offering more local craftspeople the opportunity to showcase their talents.

The market was named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2019 by the NABMA Great British Market Awards.

Do you want to learn more about the history of Belfast? Check out my walking tours.