Awarded 'The Green Flag Award'
Stormont Estate has been awarded the Green Flag for four years in a row since 2014.
The ‘The Green Flag Award’ is the most accepted national measure of quality for the management, operation and improvement of free public parks and green spaces. The award is overseen by 'Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful' who arrange for independent judges to visit and score against set criteria.
Getting there and opening times
Stormont Estate is in the east of Belfast, on the Upper Newtownards Road (A20). When travelling along the Upper Newtownards Road, the large entrance to the estate is visible on the left, about five miles from the city centre. A second entrance for the public on foot is available at Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4.
Parking is available in front of the main gates on the Upper Newtownards Road, at the Massey Avenue entrance and in the play park car park located on the left about 100m after the main gates to Stormont Estate.
You can find contact information for the Stormont Estate management and more information on getting there at the link below.
The opening times for the estate vary throughout the year but in general reflect daylight hours. See table below:
The opening times for the estate may change - contact estate management if you're unsure.
|Month||Monday to Friday||Saturday and Sunday|
|January to March||7.30am to 6.00pm||9.00am to 6.00pm|
April to May
|7.30am to 7.00pm||9.00am to 7.00pm|
|June to August||7.30am to 9.00pm||9.00am to 9.00pm|
|September||7.30am to 8.00pm||9.00am to 8.00pm|
|October to December||7.30am to 6.00pm||9.00am to 6.00pm|
The Stormont Play Park has slightly different opening times than the estate. See table below:
|Month||Monday to Sunday|
|February to March||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|April to May||9.30am to 6.00pm|
|June to August||9.30am to 8.00pm|
|September||9.30am to 7.00pm|
|October to November||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|December to January||9.30am to 4.00pm|
- Historic buildings
- Statues and WW2 points of interest
- Woodland walks and fitness trail
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Children’s play park
- Dog Park
- Picnic areas and BBQ facilities
Points of interest
Aside from the beautiful gardens and mature trees, you can also see historic buildings, statues, memorials and other interesting features.
Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland established under the Belfast Agreement 1998 (Good Friday Agreement). It is open to the public for visits and tours, find out more at link below.
Stormont Castle is home to the Northern Ireland Executive. While usually closed to the public, it does open its doors once a year for the European Heritage Open Day (EHOD) weekend.
- Stormont Castle - Northern Ireland Executive website
- European Heritage Open Days - Discover Northern Ireland website
The Lord Carson Statue
The 12ft figure stands on a granite plinth, which shows images of the events in Lord Carson’s political life on four bronze plates.
‘Reconciliation’ by Josefina de Vasconcellos
This sculpture is the Belfast version of the 1977 original by De Vasconcellos entitled ‘Reunion’. It shows a man and woman embracing each other across barbed wire with an inscription reading: “These sculptures remind us that human dignity and love will triumph over disaster and bring us together in respect and peace.”
‘The Gleaner’ by John Knox
Originally exhibited as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, this sculpture shows a woman on a bended knee gathering, with the inscription ‘Thrift is the gleaner behind all human effort’.
The Somme Memorial
A granite stone placed in the centre of a group of Cedar trees, which were planted in memory of those who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme.
Walks and fitness trail
There are two woodland walks within the public area. The long woodland walk is 4km, with the short walk is 2km.
The fitness trail covers 1.6km.
Children's play park
The children’s playground is near the Upper Newtownards Road entrance. Coming out of Belfast city centre, the car park is on the left about 100m after the main gates to Stormont Estate.
There are climbing frames, slides and swings suitable for young children and seats where parents can relax. There are also picnic tables and facilities for table top barbeques.
More useful links
- Visit Stormont Estate on Instagram
- Stormont Estate - Northern Ireland Assembly website
- Stormont Estate - Discover NI website
- Stormont Estate - woodland walks and fitness trail - Discover NI website
- Stormont Estate - woodland walks and fitness trail - Walk NI website
- Northern Ireland Civil Service Art Collection - Art UK website