A safety cordon remains in Belfast city centre following the fire at Primark Bank Buildings, but the surrounding shops remain open for business. Here’s our guide to getting around.

Useful Information

Belfast City Centre Map

View a map of the area surrounding the Primark Bank Buildings affected by the cordon. The pink zone is closed to pedestrians and vehicles. The yellow dot trail shows pedestrian routes around the zone, including streets and areas that are accessible.

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Shops, Eateries and Other Businesses

Businesses within the cordon are closed but shops, eateries and other businesses in close proximity of the cordon are open as normal and need your support.

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Bus Services

Due to road closures around Royal Avenue and Castle Place, there are some bus diversions in place. For help and advice, contact Translink. There's also a free shuttle bus service which connects St George's Market, Belfast City Hall, Royal Avenue and North Street. View timetable.

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Car Parking in Belfast City Centre

Have a look at our map and guide to car parking in the city below, or leave the car at home and take advantage of Translink's public transport options.

Map of Car Parks

Shop Opening Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday: 9am - 6pm (Victoria Square open to 9pm)
  • Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm (Victoria Square open to 9pm)
  • Saturday: 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

Find out about late night Christmas shopping and opening times during the festive season.

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Havana Bank Sq
Havana Bank Sq

5 Lunch Ideas

Pick up a gourmet sandwich at West Sandwich Bar on Castle Street, or a range of Japanese dishes including sushi at Obento on Royal Avenue. Head over to Bank Square for Irish stew and a pint of Guinness at Kelly's Cellars. Choose from an eclectic menu with vegan options at The Sagart Kitchen & Bar on Chapel Lane. And look out for Belfast’s much-loved Maggie May’s which opened a new eatery on Castle Street!

Top Places for Dinner

Find an exciting selection of world cuisine in Belfast City Centre. Jumon on Fountain Street has a mouth-watering plant-based Asian menu. For Mexican, check out La Taqueria or visit Pizza Boutique for an Italian fix, both on Castle Street.

Head over to Bank Square for some of Belfast's best fish and chips at Mourne Seafood Bar. Or try Havana Bank Sq, a hidden gem tucked away on Berry Street, specialising in locally sourced food and a fresh mix of cocktails to evoke summer memories.

5 Food & Drink Offers

  1. 10% off your bill at Havana Bank Sq on Chapel Lane when you quote #YourBelfast.
  2. Free cocktail with any of The Sagart Kitchen & Bar's delicious main courses when you quote #YourBelfast.
  3. Free glass of Blanquette De Limoux with Afternoon Tea at Café Parisien when you quote #YourBelfast.
  4. 20% off at Debenhams Café in CastleCourt - just show your Translink ticket or travel card. Valid until 30 November 2018.
  5. Two steaks and a bottle of wine for just £35 at Fountain Tavern on Fountain Street.

Terms and conditions apply to all offers. Please check with the individual business for full details.


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Live Music and Entertainment

Kelly's Cellars

One of Belfast's oldest traditional Irish pubs, Kelly's Cellars offers live traditional music, pints of Guinness and Irish stew. Live music is available Tuesday - Thursday from 8.30pm and on Saturdays from 4.30pm.

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Voodoo is well established as a Belfast hotspot, adding a bit of spice for those who like things a little different. With regular DJs, open mic nights and singer song writers, check out their upcoming gigs and events.


Fountain Tavern

This traditional pub offers regular live music, including an acoustic session from 6pm and traditional music from 9pm on Fridays, and live music and a DJ from 6.30pm on Saturdays.

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Businesses Open

The following shops and businesses are open in and around the Bank Buildings site. View messages and information from businesses in the area.

Castle Street

  • Hercules Bar
  • The Money Shop
  • Hair Apartment
  • Gordons
  • Belfast Cookery School
  • La Taqueria
  • Mace Express
  • Café West
  • Fruiterama
  • Conway Opticians
  • Pizza Boutique
  • Oxfam
  • Sink the Ink Tattoos
  • Executive Barbers
  • Maggie Mays
  • Timescape
  • IPhix
  • Premier Meats
  • Shop Mobility

Bank Square

  • Kelly's Cellars
  • Mourne Seafood Bar

Royal Avenue

  • Santander
  • Ulster Reform Club
  • H&M
  • HSBC
  • Obento
  • Ashers Baking Co.
  • Phone Boutique
  • McDonald's 
  • Argento 

Fountain Street

  • The Spinning Wheel
  • Pic & Mix Body Jewellry
  • White Dragon Tattoo
  • Voodoo
  • Jumon
  • Fountain Tavern

Donegall Place

  • JD Sports
  • The Body Shop
  • GAP
  • Chopstix
  • Beaverbrooks
  • Clarks
  • Disney Store
  • KFC
  • Skechers

Castle Place

  • Barclays
  • Game
  • HMV
  • TK Maxx
  • Sports Direct
  • Costa
  • Phoneworks
  • Carrolls

Chapel Lane

  • The Sagart
  • Havanna Bank Sq

Businesses Closed

The following shops are closed or have relocated. View messages and information from businesses in the area.

  • Abacus Beads - relocating to Queen's Arcade.
  • Aldo
  • British Heart Foundation
  • City Picnic
  • Coffee Kiosk
  • Cookie Box - other premises at 35 Ann Street
  • DV8 - reclocated to CastleCourt
  • Primark
  • Spar
  • Tesco Metro - alternative stores: Tesco Express, Royal Avenue, 7am-9pm; Great Victoria Street 6am-midnight
  • Zara
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