Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings
4.5
Historic SitesGovernment Buildings
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • noelrainey
    City of Venice, Italy2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit
    Fantastic experience, an iconic venue with an amazing host. Our tour guide was passionate and very knowledgeable as he took time to share with us the complexities in the evolution of Northern Ireland. Standing in the Great Hall, and being able to sit in the committee chamber and the assembly chamber was breathtaking. But Mickey the tour guide made the visit... Absolute gem....
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Phil C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Really interesting and enjoyable experience with very knowledgeable and personable tour guid around building who went out of his way to make everyone feel welcomed and confortable. The staff and security were all very pleasant. Great value for money, as it is free. Would most definitely recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Philip C
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative, timely and free!
    Having toured Northern Ireland and Donegal we were pleased to end it at Storemont. The tour was free and Sarah was extremely knowledgeable. She worked to explain the dividing issues without presenting one over another. She helped us understand the working of the building, and Northern Irish politics over the top of the noisy arrangements for a major press conference the following day. It was very worth while.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Celtic-Wanderer
    768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent 5* experience!
    The history and story of this building is bound together with history and story of the island of Ireland. More than just a place where laws are debated and are made (when the Government is sitting), the official tour has successfully put together (in about one and a half hours) a synopsis of the events, and the people who have shaped this part of the United Kingdom to our present day scenario. Our excellent guide, Mickey, had SO much information in his head which he imparted with great enthusiasm and interest that it was also impossible not to get caught up in the detail of his account. If you want to learn more about the Province….together with the many other excellent tours which Belfast has to offer, then a visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly is a must. It is also FREE for all to attend, you just need to register your attendance on line (so they know how many visitors to expect at any given time). To start/end your tour there is a lovely small cafe (contactless only) on the premises which also sells some interesting items relating to Northern Ireland and the parliament. I would highly recommend this tour…..and indeed a second visit might be on the cards on my next stay in the city!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 25, 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very imposing building
    We did not go into the building due to time restrictions but had a good look around the outside and garden areas. It is a very imposing place with a fantastic lamp lined street leading up to it . Out the front in the roadway is a very nice statue of some gentleman of importance I am sure . Have a look for sure
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Chris M
    Reading, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour of Stormont...
    I have been on tours of a few legislatures around the world, and this was one of the best. Our guide Mickey was full of interesting facts not only about Stormont today but also the wider historical context. What made this tour stand out is that it was all presented in an extremely engaging and entertaining way. The tour covers the main areas of the building including the current Assembly chamber. It is free but needed to be booked online in advance. I would highly recommend the tour if you have an interest in the history of Northern Ireland.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 1, 2023
  • SJC94
    Ashford, United Kingdom209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth The Trip Into The Suburbs
    Glider 1 from the city centre stops just by the gates to the Stormont Estate and the famous straight drive up to the Assembly building. The drive is apparently three quarters of a mile and up hill but by taking time and exploring the park meant the journey up passed easily. Usual airport style security before entry but the security staff are very jolly and helpful. There is a small coffee shop and toilets available. Sarah, the guide, was clear and easily heard over the coming and goings and gave an unbiased explanation of how the assembly works or doesn’t work at present. The tour is just over an hour long and then it’s downhill to the bus stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Brian C
    Newton Mearns, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mickey knew his stuff
    We went on the eleven o’clock tour. Not only did the guide have an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ireland but he managed to include everyone on the tour no matter where the came from. Dull facts, figures and characters came to life as we traced kings, politics, religion and conflict in a colourful timeline. Who knew that the national colour of Ireland was blue and not green. We found out where hillbillies came from. I have been on many tours of buildings but I must say, I enjoyed Mickeys talk more than all the others. This was brilliant
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Noel Q
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Significant History with lots of challenges.
    A superb tour, with a warm welcome from every member of staff we met. Our Tour Guide Sarah was outstanding, full of knowledge and enthusiasm. The Stormont Parliament stands full square at the centre of Northern Ireland politics since its opening in 1932 right up until today. Northern Ireland politics is complicated, so its worth reading up a little of the background in advance and leaving ones own preconceptions at Reception.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Rosey H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant in every way.
    This was a wonderful experience in the most impressive beautiful building. The staff were so welcoming and friendly. Our tour guide Sarah was such a knowledgable and entertaining host. This tour lasted about an hour and a half. It was totally free. It was a wonderful tour.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2024
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Celtic-Wanderer
SCOTLAND768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The history and story of this building is bound together with history and story of the island of Ireland. More than just a place where laws are debated and are made (when the Government is sitting), the official tour has successfully put together (in about one and a half hours) a synopsis of the events, and the people who have shaped this part of the United Kingdom to our present day scenario. Our excellent guide, Mickey, had SO much information in his head which he imparted with great enthusiasm and interest that it was also impossible not to get caught up in the detail of his account.

If you want to learn more about the Province….together with the many other excellent tours which Belfast has to offer, then a visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly is a must. It is also FREE for all to attend, you just need to register your attendance on line (so they know how many visitors to expect at any given time).

To start/end your tour there is a lovely small cafe (contactless only) on the premises which also sells some interesting items relating to Northern Ireland and the parliament.
I would highly recommend this tour…..and indeed a second visit might be on the cards on my next stay in the city!
Written August 25, 2023
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, UK3,491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A little disappointed there were no visits due to Covid but still went to have a look. Grand building set in huge grounds, very impressive.
It is a bit of a trek out of town so we took the Glider G1 bus service from the city centre. Bus stop is right at the end of the main drive up to the Parliament Building.
Written August 27, 2020
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Jimbocollo
Liverpool, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As part of our trip to Belfast we visited Stormont and undertook one of the Parliament Buildings tours. Our tour guide was excellent with a deep knowledge of the history and goings on of NI and its leaders. The building is architecturally beautiful having been designed by a firm of Liverpool architects. Set in a landscape that affords great panoramic views of the cities. Well worth the visit.
Written February 10, 2020
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trevorhewer
Bristol, UK138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was an excellent tour. This goes twice a day despite what some local guides tell you. Omits the Assembly Chamber when Parliament is sitting. Well qualified guide. All set in beautiful grounds. One Bus is right outside but it is only an hourly service but you can catch the G1 Glider service if you can manage the 1 mile walk as you arrive at the main entrance and it is a uphill stroll. Allow time for security check.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sarah B
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Stormont is a beautiful building, and my self guided tour was made meaningful with lots of interpretive materials, photos, artifacts, and paintings that helped me understand the history of the place.

That said, my visit was absolutely bizarre. The dysfunction of the NI government seems to be reflected in the staff keeping the place going. I got off the G1 to see that huge hill I had to climb to get to the parliament building. No shuttle. No e-bikes. The two gate guards told me they didn’t think I could get into the building, although it was before 2 and the website says there’s a tour at 2 and the building closes at 4. Odd. I decided to walk up anyway. I got to the steps and yelled up to the two policemen hanging out at the top of the steps to ask if I could go in the building. They thought not, but I could ask at the “wee security box” around the side of the building. The “wee security box” was a small building with a metal detector where I was graciously welcomed in. I told them I had been told twice that I would not be able to enter the building, once at the bottom of the hill and once at the top, and they were bemused. I passed the policemen on my way in to tell them of my gracious welcome. They were bemused. There was a reception desk inside the door where I was welcomed and given a map to follow. I told them I had been told twice that I would not be able to enter the building. Bemused. While I went through the building I stopped in the cafe and told them that perhaps they had no business because there were men at the top and the bottom of the hill telling people to not bother coming because they wouldn’t able to get in. Bemused. I told my naysayers at the top and the bottom of the hill on my way out that I was welcomed graciously and the tour was lovely. Bemused. The whole thing was bizarre!
Written July 2, 2023
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retiredsalty
Galashiels, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
An excellent visit to a such beautiful building.
What made the visit most enjoyable was that seldom have we been met by such polite, friendly, helpful and welcoming staff from the security guards to the tour guide. They are great ambassadors for the country.
Written March 8, 2023
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bibbs
Sunderland, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I live in Sunderland and havnt visited Storemont but every time i see this magnificent building it impresses me so much. Must be ,without any doubt the most beautiful architecture in Europe and. im sure its the well loved and respected home of Northern Irelands government. So Storemont you are on my must do list post Covid.
Written November 12, 2020
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Chris M
Reading, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I have been on tours of a few legislatures around the world, and this was one of the best.

Our guide Mickey was full of interesting facts not only about Stormont today but also the wider historical context. What made this tour stand out is that it was all presented in an extremely engaging and entertaining way.

The tour covers the main areas of the building including the current Assembly chamber. It is free but needed to be booked online in advance.

I would highly recommend the tour if you have an interest in the history of Northern Ireland.
Written October 1, 2023
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Kevin O
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We last did a tour of the parliament buildings 4 years ago and decided to do it again whilst visiting Belfast. The guide was Micky, who was our guide last time. Micky displayed a fantastic knowledge of the history of Ireland linked with the history of Scotland where cross overs occured. His stories were delivered in an interesting, informative manner with lots of humour thrown in. He kept the groups attention throughout. A fantastic experience and well worth a visit. Thanks Micky !
Written January 25, 2023
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Andrew L
London, UK252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Stopped off whist on the hop on hop off bus tour. The building is dominant in the local city and open to view. Once through the security it’s possible to sit in the main debating chamber. Good art work in the gallery.
Written March 15, 2020
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