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Explore Parliament Buildings when staying at the Europa Hotel in Belfast

The Parliament Buildings are 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 from 45 minutes to one hour and allow visitors to view the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall, see 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 the summer months of July and August, free tours starting on the hour are available between 11am and 3pm. 

Check the website for tour times. 

There is also a coffee and gift shop open to the public Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm, located on the ground floor beside the Great Hall. Serving a variety of home baked goods, tea and coffee and selling a range of souvenirs, food and drink and crafts from local makers. 

There is no charge for visiting the Parliament Buildings. When you arrive you will be asked to go through a security check. 

For further information please contact +44 (0)28 9052 1802 or visit the Parliament Buildings website here

For reservations at the Europa Hotel please click on the links below, or contact our reservations team on +44 (0) 28 9027 1066.