Stormont Estate is a major tourist and visitor attraction on the outskirts of Belfast.
Whilst attracting large numbers of visitors, the estate is also important to the local community and is popular for dog walkers, runners and families.
In 2022 Stormont Estate was awarded its ninth consecutive Green Flag award. The Green Flag award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. It measures the quality of the management, operation and improvement of free public parks and green spaces.
Stormont Estate has been awarded the Green Heritage Award for the third year. The award recognises the historic importance of the site.
Getting to Stormont Estate
Stormont Estate is in the east of Belfast, on the Upper Newtownards Road (A20). When travelling along the Upper Newtownards Road, the large entrance to the estate is visible on the left, about five miles from the city centre. A second entrance for the public on foot is available at Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4.
Parking is available in front of the main gates on the Upper Newtownards Road, at the Massey Avenue entrance and in the play park car park located on the left about 100 metres after the main gates to Stormont Estate.
The Metro bus numbers to Stormont Estate are 20 and 23. The Glider bus service is G1 (Stormont stop). Check the Translink website for more information and timetables.
You can find contact information for the Stormont Estate management and more information on getting there at the following link here.
For the most up to date opening hours, please visit About Stormont Estate | nidirect
Top Reasons To Visit
- Mo Mowlam Playpark
- Green Flag Award Winner
- Refreshments and Public Toilets On Site
- Historic Buildings and WW2 Points of Interest
- A variety of walking and discovery trails
Stormont Estate in Belfast has a variety of walks, a fitness trail and a series of adventure trails for a range of age groups to showcase the woodlands and to give visitors a brief insight into the history of the estate. Entry is free.
Four adventure trails
Stormont Estate has created the following adventure trails – each trail takes around 30 minutes:
- History Trail – gives an insight into the rich history of Stormont Estate
- Environment Trail – lets visitors discover the heritage, fauna and wildlife on the estate
- Woodland Trail – find sensory points and features such as fairy houses and woodland carved animals around the estate
- Bug Safari – find the 13 bugs along the boardwalk
A range of age groups can follow each adventure trail which is supported by an interactive map and a quiz.
The routes have key marker locations and clues, which can offer all visitors an enjoyable, educational and engaging experience. Download the maps and quizzes:
There are six walking trails throughout the Estate grounds ranging from 20 minutes/one mile easy routes to strenuous 60minutes/three mile routes.
You can download the map at the following link:
Mo Mowlam Play Park
The Mo Mowlam Play Park is an inclusive play park, specially designed so children of all abilities can play together and has over 40 separate pieces of equipment.
Stormont Estate: outdoor gym and fitness trail
Find out about the outdoor gym on the Stormont Estate which has a range of cardio and toning equipment – and the estate’s fitness trail.
Points of Interest & Historic Buildings
Stormont Estate: points of interest
Find out about the gardens, trees, statues, memorials and other interesting features on the Stormont Estate.
Stormont Estate: historic buildings
Find out about the historic buildings on Stormont Estate, including Parliament Buildings, Stormont Castle, summer houses, gate lodges and Stormont House.