Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland established under the Belfast Agreement 1998 (Good Friday Agreement).
Built in 1921 at a cost of nearly £1.7 million, it was designed to house the newly formed Government of Northern Ireland and was officially opened on 16th November 1932 by the then Prince of Wales, on behalf of King George V.
Make The Most Of Your Day Out At Parliament Buildings
If you’ve ever wanted the chance to have good look around the ‘House on the Hill’ where your MLAs debate important issues, or walk around the beautiful grounds of Stormont Estate this summer you can!
Come along to Parliament Buildings during July and August 2012 and take one of the free hourly tours, Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.
You’ll see the Debating Chamber where your MLAs debate and make laws, visit the historic Library, and learn about the history and architecture of the building from one of our experienced guides--and all for free. You’ll also find out some fascinating facts about Parliament Buildings - for example, did you know that the building is exactly 365 feet wide, representing a foot for each day of the year?
This year’s programme also gives you an opportunity to view art exhibitions in the Assembly’s beautiful Great Hall. This year the exhibitions have an Olympic flavour. In July, you can see ‘The Screaming Silence of the Wind’, an exhibition by a local artist chosen as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad while in August, you will see posters specially designed to celebrate the Olympics. Both of these special exhibitions are well worth a visit this summer.
In fact, why not make a day of it? Once you’ve visited Parliament Buildings, why not take advantage of what the grounds of the Stormont Estate have to offer? New attractions this year are the nature trails and orienteering walks which give you the opportunity to explore the estate and its beautiful grounds. It’s a great way to build up an appetite so why not bring a picnic or have a barbeque at one of the many picnic tables .You can then relax while your children enjoy playing on the swings and slides in the Mo Mowlam Play Park.
For more information about the Stormont Estate please visit: www.niassembly.gov.uk/Visit-and-Learning/Stormont-Estate.
If you cannot make it to Parliament Buildings, we have created a virtual tour which you can watch here.
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NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Opening times:We are open to the public between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday, when you can see first-hand the building and beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate. While the Assembly is in session tours are available Monday – Friday at 10am and 3pm.From Monday 4 July until Friday 3 September 2011 tours will be on the hour between 10am and 3pm Monday – Friday.
While the Assembly is in session you can come watch MLAs debate the big issues of the day in the Assembly Chamber on Mondays from Noon and Tuesdays from 10.30am. You can also come along and watch our Committees in action. For more details about Assembly Committees and their work, visit the website at http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/daily/busdry.htm.
Prices:Tours are free of charge.
Location / Directions
Located 5km from the City Hall.
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