Optional Activities

Tour of Parliament Buildings

There is no charge for this guided tour but you need to reserve a place to take the tour which will begin at 1.45pm and conclude at 3.15pm. The tour will leave from the Long Gallery and as places are limited you are encouraged to make your reservation as soon as possible  – Register for the tour here

Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings, built in 1931, is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative authority for Northern Ireland established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement 1998.

The building was originally constructed to accommodate the newly formed Government of Northern Ireland which was established in 1921. The grounds of Stormont Estate  cost approximately £20,000 and the cost of constructing Parliament Buildings came close to £1.7 million.

The building is designed in Greek Classical tradition, constructed by Stewart Partners Ltd under the guidance of architect Arnold Thornley, from Liverpool. He was a man who paid great attention to detail with many of the features in Parliament Buildings having symbolic reference. One example of this detail can be illustrated by the length of the building for it measures exactly 365 feet wide, representative of one foot for each day of the year.

Visitor’s Gallery – Northern Ireland Assembly

Please note that the Assembly is likely to be is session during this guided tour. There is no charge for this event but you need to reserve a place to take the tour which will begin at 1.45pm and conclude at 3.15pm. The tour will leave from the Long Gallery and as places are limited you are encouraged to make your reservation as soon as possible  – Register for the tour here

The Assembly Chamber
Originally the House of Commons of the original Northern Ireland Parliament, the Chamber is now used for plenary meetings of the Assembly.

A fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed the Assembly Chamber on the 2nd January 1995.

The Chamber was carefully refitted using the same decoration and materials as were used originally.

The restoration provided an opportunity to create two additional side galleries thereby doubling the capacity of the 1st floor viewing galleries.

There are 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), 6 from each of the 18 electoral constituencies in Northern Ireland.