Cork's English Market, one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world, has celebrated its 230th birthday.

The market, which currently hosts 47 traders or stallholders, was opened in 1788.

It is owned by Cork City Council and is Ireland's oldest indoor food market.

Described by chef and restaurateur Rick Stein as the best covered market in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the market offers everything from fish to fowl and cheese to chocolate.

It is a spiritual home for artisan food producers in Cork.

The market was visited by Britain's Queen Elizabeth during her four-day State visit to Ireland in 2011 and, more recently, by her son, Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. Pictures of Queen Elizabeth sharing a joke with fish merchant Pat O'Connell during her tour of the market provided one of the stand-out moments of her State visit.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mick Finn, was joined by market traders as he cut a birthday cake to mark the 230-year milestone this afternoon.

He said the market had survived famine, world wars and fires, and continued to go from strength-to-strength.