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City Overview

Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland is one of the UK’s most rapidly evolving retail destinations. The city has a mixed history, with three decades of conflict and unrest. A combination of this historical legacy and high dependency on the public sector has affected the perception of Belfast. Over the past decade, Belfast has enjoyed a period of investment, regeneration and significant economic growth. The city population is 334,000 and is forecast to grow by a further 2.4% by 2020 according to NISRA. Belfast is the driver of Northern Ireland’s £764m tourist economy. In the city centre Donegall Place, which runs from Royal Avenue at the north end to Donegall Square at the south end, is the prime retail pitch. There is a strong representation of national retailers located here. This includes Next, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Disney Store, Zara, Stradivarius and River Island. Within the prime pitch is the Victoria Square Shopping Centre. Anchored by House of Fraser the centre has also attracted a significant number of new retailers to Belfast such as Hollister, Urban Outfitters, Apple, Mango, Kurt Geiger, and Hugo Boss. This centre also greatly improved a number of the surrounding secondary streets including Ann Street and Arthur Street. In addition, Belfast’s retail offering includes CastleCourt Shopping Centre located on Royal Avenue which is an established retail destination anchored by Debenhams. Other retailers in the scheme include Boots, Dorothy Perkins/Burtons and New Look. Other retailers trading from Royal Avenue include H&M and Primark. The city benefits from two airports providing access to major UK and international destinations. The Belfast to Dublin train route has a journey time of just over two hours and the city’s four train stations bring shoppers from the Republic of Ireland. Beyond Belfast, towns such as Derry, Ballymena, Craigavon, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Newry all have a sizeable retail offer and attract high calibre retailers. During 2018 a number of key openings were secured in Belfast including Seasalt, Tim Hortons, Insomnia Coffee and Oliver Bonas.

Things to do



Linen Quarter/ Donegall Square


Lisburn Road / Victoria Square

And be seen


Ox, The Muddlers Club, Coppi, Buba, Shu, Deanes


The Merchant Hotel, Harp Bar, Duke of York, Sweet Afton, The Points, The Crown

Be Merry

The Grand Opera House, SSE Arena, Lyric Theatre, Titanic Belfast museum

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