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School visits to Parliament Buildings have recommenced. There is still a restriction on the size of a group which can be accommodated in our education room. Please contact us for further information. You may also book a virtual session.

 

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 visit to the Assembly Chamber (Wed to Fri);
  • 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: Anne-Marie or Marina.

You will spend part of your visit in our Education room on the first floor.

Visits or primary and secondary pupils usually last for 1.5 hours and may be booked to begin from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm (11 am on Mondays). KS5/A-Level programmes last approximately 2.5 hours.

We have designed the School Visits Programme to support the Northern Ireland Curriculum and provide age-specific educational resources. Visit the Teachers’ section.

The Assembly has the National Autistic Society's Accreditation Award and seeks to ensure that the building and visitor experience is accessible to all. Education Officers have undergone relevant training and Autism Champions are available to provide assistance, when required.

Why not extend your visit?

 

The Department of Finance has created a series of adventure trails which showcase the rich biodiversity of the woodlands and give visitors a brief history of the Estate.

Each trail should take about half an hour to complete and can be navigated using a trail map. The maps can be downloaded here or we can supply them when you take part in our education programme.

Adventure awaits, go find it!

Further information can be obtained by contacting Stormont Estate Management Unit on telephone number 028 90378103 or alternatively email StormontEMU@finance-ni.gov.uk

You can also extend your visit to Parliament Buildings with an orienteering challenge. 

 

How do I book a visit?

 

There are two ways to book an educational visit:

  1. Contact us at the Education Service. We will arrange a visit for you.
  2. 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.
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How do we get there? 

 

Directions.

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

 

The Northern Ireland Assembly endeavours to ensure that Parliament Buildings is accessible and friendly for people with autism. The Assembly has the autism accreditation award from the National Autistic Society. Click below to access the 'Autism and the Assembly' webpage which contains useful information and advice for those visiting Parliament Buildings.