A guided tour of the Stormont Parliament Buildings offers an insight into the political history of Northern Ireland. After taking the tour, kick back and relax in the spacious greenery of the Stormont Estate, a large public park.
The Stormont Parliament Buildings were opened in 1932 as the home of the then newly formed Government of Northern Ireland, which was an independent entity within the United Kingdom. Since the tumultuous period known as “the Troubles” ended in 1998, the Northern Ireland Assembly has resided here.
Although the parliament buildings are particularly popular with fans of history and politics, everyone will enjoy the lovely grounds of the wider Stormont Estate. Head to the Prince of Wales Avenue, which is lined with red twig limes and leads to the Parliament Buildings. This avenue is frequently referred to as the “Royal Mile”.
To find out more about Northern Ireland’s somewhat troubled history, join a free guided tour when the Northern Irish Assembly is in session. Live debates between the Members of the Legislative Assembly take place twice a week. This is certainly one of the best places to visit to learn about the events which took place.
Take the time to stroll through the gardens and flower beds of the estate, or bring your own picnic and relax on the lawns with your family. Note the pretty Stormont Castle and the bronze and stone statues. You can also try out the fitness trail and kids will love the children’s adventure park.
Located about 8 kilometres east of Belfast’s city centre, you can travel to the Stormont Parliament Buildings by bus or car. The estate is open every day, with longer opening hours in summer, and does not charge an admission fee. The actual Parliament Buildings are open to visitors on weekdays only and charge an admission fee. Tours are only available when the Assembly is in session.
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