Stormont Parliament Buildings

Stormont has had a colourful history: from Carson to Trimble, from Pavarotti to Paisley. The magnificent grounds offer an ideal setting for walking, jogging, picnics and even open air concerts.

The Prince of Wales Avenue stretches for a mile to the foot of the sixty steps leading into Parliament Buildings. The Parliament Buildings were first used in November 1932. They were constructed in Greek classical tradition, from Portland stone, mounted on a granite base, quarried from the Mountains of Mourne. During the Second World War the outside of the building was painted black to prevent attacks from German bombers.

Tours around the impressive Parliament Buildings are possible to arrange but you must get sponsorship from an Assembly Member. Assembly Members can sponsor up to forty people per day and can be contacted by telephone or post

Streamvale Farm

Streamvale farm is a working dairy farm in Gilnakirk. It first opened its doors to the public in 1987 and offers an enjoyable day out for families.

Visitors are given the opportunity to get involved: you can hand milk a goat, cuddle a fluffy chick, have a tractor and trailer ride, watch the sheep racing. In the summer, fruit picking is fun for all the family . The activities vary over the farming year so no matter how often you visit there is always lots to entertain the whole family.

Ulster Weavers

Ulster Weavers, Ireland’s largest linen manufacturer and world leader in the textiles industry, is situated on Montgomery Road. Ulster Weavers specialise in fine Irish linen, traditional damask and of course the world famous linen tea towel. The modern weaving of linen has proved a fascinating experience for visitors to Belfast an insight into an important part of Ulster heritage — the linen industry.