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Parliament Buildings celebrates its 80th Birthday

On Saturday 17 November Parliament Buildings will celebrate its 80th anniversary and the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay, is inviting everyone to the party:

"As well as a chance to tour the building, the Open Day will include a fascinating exhibition on the construction of Parliament Buildings, performances in the Great Hall and live demonstrations of traditional crafts. Parliament Buildings is an iconic feature of the landscape but I am still amazed by the number of people I meet who have never been here before or don’t know that we are open to the public. At a time when we have more and more visitors to the building and Stormont Estate, I hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity in November to come up and mark the 80th anniversary.”

Parliament Buildings will be open on 17 November from 11.00am until 5.00pm. Tours of the Building will operate every 30 mins from 11.30am until 4.00pm. There will be characters in period costumes, horse and carriage rides, a vintage car display, demonstrations of traditional crafts, story-telling in the library, and a photographic exhibition showing Parliament Buildings as it was built. Throughout the day, there will be many drama, music and dance performances in the Great Hall.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to take their lunch in the historic wood panelled surroundings of the Members’ Dining Room or in the Blue Flax Restaurant. For further information about the events on 17 November, please contact the Assembly events office on 02890 521948.



This is an original invitation to the opening of Parliament Buildings in 1932.

Thanks go to Adam Donnelly, a p7 pupil from The Armstrong Primary School, Armagh, who brought the invitation with him on a recent Education visit to Parliament Buildings. He thinks it belonged to his great grandmother.