Green Flag Awards
Stormont Estate has been awarded another Green Flag Award - that makes it six Green Flag Awards in a row since 2014.
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. They arrange for independent judges to visit and score against set criteria.
Re-opening of Mo Mowlam Play Park
The Mo Mowlam Play Park has re-opened to the public as the major refurbishment is complete.
It's now an inclusive play park, specially designed so children of all abilities can play together and has over 40 separate pieces of equipment. Find out more:
New outdoor gym
The new outdoor gym on the Stormont Estate is open and includes a range of cardio and toning equipment.
Outdoor gym equipment - what it's for
Each item of equipment has a label that shows you how to use it and explains what it's for.
- chest press and seated row - builds muscles in the upper chest
- dips and leg raise - the dip works the chest muscles while the leg raise works the stomach muscles
- lateral pull down - works the largest muscles in the upper body
- shoulder press - mainly works shoulder muscles
- leg press - exercises the four muscles on the front of the thigh (quads) - a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks (glutes) and a group of muscles at the rear of the upper leg (hamstrings)
- sit up bench - strengthens stomach muscles
- pull up and assisted pull up - exercises the upper body
- two spinning bikes - you sit on a seat and pedal to get your workout
- two cross trainers - like an exercise bike with no saddle, on which you exercise the arms and legs
- recumbent bike - it places the rider in a laid-back reclining position, giving you good back support while you cycle
- accessible hand bike - a bike powered by the arms rather than the legs
To find the new outdoor gym, enter the Stormont Estate through the main pedestrian gate on the Newtownards Road. Take the first path on the left of the main avenue and walk the short distance to the gym.
Opening times/ getting there
The Stormont Estate opening times vary throughout the year but in general reflect daylight hours. The latest opening times are:
- Monday to Friday - 7.30 am to 6.00 pm
- Saturday and Sunday - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
The Mo Mowlam Play Park is open seven days a week from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
The opening times for Stormont Estate may change. Contact estate management if you're unsure:
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 100 metres 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:
- dog park
- historic buildings
- outdoor gym equipment
- picnic areas and barbecue facilities
- statues and WW2 points of interest
- Mo Mowlam Play Park for children
- Stormont trails - includes new adventure trails, walks and fitness trail
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.
Stormont Castle is home to the Northern Ireland Executive:
While usually closed to the public, Stormont Castle open its doors once a year for the European Heritage Open Day (EHOD) in September.
The Lord Carson Statue
The 12 foot tall 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.