Please note that 2016 is an Assembly election year, meaning that the Assembly will enter a period of purdah roughly six weeks prior to the election date. As a result, we will not be able to arrange MLA Q&A sessions for inward visits or outreach events between mid-March and the start of May 2016. Please bear this in mind when making a booking.
If your school, youth group or other educational group wants to learn about the Northern Ireland Assembly, a visit to Parliament Buildings can really bring their learning to life.
What to expect from your visit
- an interactive presentation on the Northern Ireland Assembly; and
- a tour of Parliament Buildings, including a visit to the Public Gallery on sitting days (subject to available seating).
It may also include one or more of the following, depending your group’s needs:
- a mock election or law making activity;
- a Q & A session with MLAs; or
- an address by a member of Assembly staff, for example a Committee Clerk.
You will meet one of our Education Officers: (L-R) James, Anne-Marie, Marina or Lucy.
You will spend part of your visit in one of our Education rooms on the ground floor:
How long does a visit last?
Primary and Key Stage 3 & 4 programmes last for two hours. Post-16 programmes generally last for three hours.
We have designed the School Visits Programme to support the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Visit the Teachers’ section for curriculum links.
How do I book a visit?
There are two ways to book an educational visit:
- Contact us at the Education Service. We will arrange a visit for you.
- Ask any MLA to sponsor your visit. Tell them you want to visit Parliament Buildings as part of the Education Programme and they will contact us. You can get in touch with MLAs through their offices in Parliament Buildings or their constituency offices. For details please contact us.
Please note that, with suitable advance notice, we can provide the Education Programme in Irish. Please mention this requirement when booking.
What can I do to prepare for a visit?
- use the activities here on our website;
- find out who your MLAs are;
- think about and discuss the issues that concern you and the group;
- watch the news and read newspapers for stories about the Assembly; and
- if your visit involves meeting an MLA, prepare questions about the work of an MLA and issues that interest you.
Be a Zero Waste Hero!
If your class brings packed lunches to Parliament Buildings and leave no non-recycleable waste behind, then you can take home a Zero Waste certificate for your school.
Orienteering on Stormont Estate
Extend your visit to Parliament Buildings with an orienteering challenge.
How do we get there?
The video below explains what first time visitors can expect to see during their visit to Parliament Buildings and includes information about:
- accessing the estate
- parking and security arrangements
- public tours and
- facilities within Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate.
Autism and the Assembly
In November 2011, the Northern Ireland Assembly began making the building more accessible and friendly for people with autism.
The Assembly received the autism accreditation award from the National Autistic Society on 14 November 2012. A photograph of the presentation is below:
Click below to access the 'Autism and the Assembly' webpage which contains useful information and advice for those visiting Parliament Buildings.