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See the Stormont Parliament Buildings
Stormont Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland. Free tours are available throughout the year.
Stormont 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.
Tours last 30–45 minutes 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 Easter, July, August and Halloween, free tours starting on the hour are available between 11am and 3pm. Check the www.niassembly.gov.uk for tour times.
There is no charge for visiting Parliament Buildings. When you arrive you will be asked to go through a security check.