The Stormont Estate and Parliament buildings are home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which is responsible for making laws transferred to local jurisdiction and for providing oversight on the work of ministers and government departments. It previously housed the now defunct Parliament of Northern Ireland.
The large Stormont Estate technically includes Northern Ireland's main government buildings and comprising 407 acres of land open to the public 365 days a year. On the estate grounds, you can take off on walking trails and woodland walks, entertain the kids at the adventure playground or visit the historic sculptures and monuments.
The Parliament buildings are open to the public, where you can attend debates and watch committee hearings, or go on a guided tour of the “House on the Hill.” There are also 600 events held annually here, including fundraisers, dinners and concerts.
The Stormont Estate's opening hours vary by season and also by day.The Parliament buildings and the Great Hall are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and hourly tours are available on weekdays in July, August, Easter and Halloween. During the rest of the year, tours run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only.