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What We Do

Our Purpose

About Us

The Odyssey Trust Company Limited is the Charity that was established that was established to hold, manage, safeguard, and develop the investment in the Odyssey project for the benefit of all the people of Northern Ireland.

As part of the Landmark Project for Northern Ireland, The Odyssey Trust has been entertaining and educating for over two decades, hosting thousands of memorable concerts by internationally acclaimed artists, staging countless thrilling sporting events, and inspiring curious minds through STEM-based learning.

Charitable Goals

  • To advance public education by maintaining W5, Northern Ireland’s science and discovery centre; contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge and education of the general public.
  • To provide facilities for leisure and recreation at the Odyssey Site, including The SSE Arena, Belfast, in the interests of social welfare and improved conditions of life.

Facilities for Leisure & Recreation

We provide and continue to develop a world-class indoor arena facility that hosts a range of leisure and recreation events and activities, improving wellbeing and conditions of life for the people of Northern Ireland.


Leisure and recreation visitors to The SSE Arena, Belfast in 2022/23


Public tickets provided to schools and community groups in 2022/23


Ice hockey spectators in 2022/23

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Welcoming upwards of 850,000 visitors every year, The SSE Arena, Belfast has attracted countless international performers, sporting events, exhibitions and conferences, and has established itself as a key location on major European and World tours.

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Belfast Giants

The Belfast Giants made history in 2000, becoming the first professional ice hockey team on the island of Ireland. Away from the ice, the Giants continue to make a substantial impact in communities across Belfast and beyond, supporting several local and national charities and initiatives.

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Learning & Engagement

We manage and develop W5, a world-class, award-winning science and discovery centre, advancing scientific knowledge, learning and engagement through interactive exhibits, public shows and events, NI curriculum-linked programmes, workshops and outreach activities, supporting better life chances for the people of Northern Ireland.


Visitors to W5 in 2022/23, advancing education


Learning and engagement visitors to W5 in 2022/23


Participants to learning workshops and events in 2023/23


First opening its doors in 2001, W5 (WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy) is Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre, offering over 250 world-class exhibits across eight interactive zones.

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W5 LIFE (Learning Innovation For Everyone) is The Odyssey Trust’s 20,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art learning centre, dedicated to addressing the skills requirements of Northern Ireland’s increasingly digitalised economy.

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Support Our Mission

As a charity, we strive to work alongside likeminded organisations to advance public education and provide facilities for leisure and recreation for people of all ages across Northern Ireland.

By supporting The Odyssey Trust, you are helping us to deliver our charitable mission. Find out more about how you can support.

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