Taking aim in Ireland’s first shooting range simulator - in Belfast

£250,000 investment at the Haymarket is first stage multi-million pound redevelopment plan for city centre

The Armoury
Kate McNally of Haymarket Belfast. Picture: Declan Roughan/Press Eye

Ireland’s first licensed shooting range simulator will open in Belfast at the end of April following a £250,000 investment by the owners of the Haymarket, the indoor/outdoor bar and street food hangout.

It is the first stage of a multi-million pound redevelopment plans to expand into vacant units along Royal Avenue.

The new venue will operate a simulation shooting range, using replica firearms and incorporating state of the art technology.

“The Armoury is the beginning of the exciting plans we have for the rejuvenation of the Royal Avenue complex,” according to Kate McNally, managing director of Haymarket Belfast

She added: “We believe our investment will breathe life into the city centre cementing our commitment to presenting Belfast as a world-class tourist and leisure destination.”

The full venue ( can be hired with a variety of activity, food and drink packages available, or groups can book out a single shooting booth.

The Haymarket on Gresham Street was launched in July 2021 following a £250,000 cash injection from investors.

It was part of efforts to rejuvenate the ‘Smithfield and Union’ quarter of Belfast, which stretches from the Smithfield Market to the new Ulster University campus.

The venue features a ‘street’ food menu, outdoor arcade and a dedicated gin bar, with a focus on cocktails and local liquor, beer and ale, and has also garnered a reputation for its bottomless brunches.