Stormont Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings is open to the public between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Visitors can take a free tour of the building and explore the beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate.
The architect Sir Arnold Thornely, who was knighted by King George V in recognition of his architectural work, designed the building with perfect symmetry and symbolism, such as the building being 365ft wide representing one foot for every day of the year and having six floors and six pillars at the entrance, one for each county in Northern Ireland.
Free ToursTours last 45mins -1 hour and allow visitors to view the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall, the historic Senate Chamber and sit in the MLAs' seats in the Assembly Chamber. The tour provides information on Parliament Buildings, past and present, as well as about the architecture of the building and Stormont Estate.
- While the Assembly is in session, free public tours are available Monday - Friday at 11am and 2pm.
- During the summer months of July & August, free tours starting on the hour are available between 11am and 3pm. Check the website for tour times.
There is no charge for visiting Parliament Buildings. When you arrive you will be asked to go through a security check.
Members' Dining RoomsEnjoy Coffee, lunch and afternoon tea in the Members' Dining Room, an award winning restaurant, open to the public all year round for lunch and afternoon tea Monday - Friday, 12 - 4pm.
All food is lovingly prepared by talented and award winning chefs who are committed to using only locally available fresh produce and ingredients.
Booking is necessary. For reservations please call 028 9052 1041.
Watching DebatesYou can visit Parliament Buildings to watch the Assembly Members debate issues in the Assembly Chamber on Monday from 12 noon and Tuesday from 10.30am or view a Committee meeting taking place on Wednesdays or Thursdays. For more information, visit www.niassembly.gov.uk.
The Education Service also provides a range of tailored programmes for groups of school and university students from Monday to Friday.
Take a virtual tour
Directions to Stormont Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings is situated on the Stormont Estate which is on the east side of Belfast, on the Upper Newtownards Road (A20). When travelling out of Belfast along the Upper Newtownards Road, the large entrance to the Estate can be seen on the left hand side of the road, approximately 5 miles from the city centre. Access - Pedestrians: The estate is open to pedestrians via the gates on the Upper Newtownards Road and Massey Avenue. Bus Services: Metro bus services 20a and 23 leave at regular intervals from Donegal Square West beside Belfast City Hall. On arrival at Stormont Estate, buses stop at the Massey Avenue gates and beside the Carson Statue roundabout. The sightseeing 'hop on-off' buses which leave from the City Centre also drive through the Stormont Estate allowing guests to visit Parliament Buildings. Car Parking: If you wish to visit Parliament Buildings by car, there is a Visitors’ Car Park to the right hand side of the building (as you look at it) which visitors can use. Parking on a Monday and Tuesday in particular are very busy, so guests may be expected to park on the roads around Parliament Building.