A day out at Stormont

Last month I was invited over to Parliament Buildings for the launch of their Summer tours. Sitting one mile up at the top of hill, this Grade B listed building is open for free guided tours hourly until the end of August between 10am and 3pm.

The building is one of the best known and most striking pieces of architecture in the City and on the tour you’ll find out a lot of interesting facts about the construction and its contents.

I’ll not give them all away, but, did you know that the building is 365 feet wide, representing one foot for every day of the year.

Another fact is the Chandelier hanging in the Great Hall originally hung in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle and is on permanent loan from the Queen, on the condition that the Great Hall remains a public space.

The ceiling of the Great Hall was painted in 1932, and the original paintwork is still intact and in pristine condition 80 years later.

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It’s a superb building and definitely worth the visit, but outside, the grounds are just as stunning and this year there are a few new additions in the shape of nature trails and orienteering walks.

Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate recently made the headlines when the Queen visited as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour….maybe she was checking up on her chandelier!!

The whole estate is a wonderful place to visit and you could easily spend an afternoon there by taking in the free tour of the building then having a picnic in the grounds, while dodging all of our summer rain of course.

You can find out more information about the building on www.niassembly.gov.uk

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