Stormont Castle

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Stormont Castle
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Coordinates54°36′07″N 5°49′49″W / 54.602003°N 5.830232°W / 54.602003; -5.830232Coordinates: 54°36′07″N 5°49′49″W / 54.602003°N 5.830232°W / 54.602003; -5.830232
Listed Building – Grade A
Official name: Castle, former stable block and stone steps
Designated13 March 1987
Reference no.HB26/13/014[1]

Stormont Castle is a mansion on the Stormont Estate in east Belfast which is used as the main meeting place of the Northern Ireland Executive. It was never a castle as such: the original building was reworked in the nineteenth century in the Scottish baronial style with features such as bartizans used for decorative purposes.

Between 1921 and 1972, it served as the official residence of the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. However, a number of prime ministers chose to live at Stormont House, the official residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, which was empty as a number of speakers had chosen to live in their own homes. It also served as the location of the Cabinet Room of the Government of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1972.

Before devolution it served as the Belfast headquarters of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Office Ministers and supporting officials. During the Troubles, it was also used by MI5 officers.[2] It was at Stormont Castle that the Good Friday Agreement was concluded in April 1998.[3]

The castle is open to the public each year on the European Heritage Open Day weekend.[4]


  1. ^ "Historic Building Details". Department for Communities. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "UK | Northern Ireland | 'No need' for new MI5 base in NI". BBC News. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  3. ^ Gleeson, Colin (10 April 2018). "The inside story of how the Belfast Agreement was struck". Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Stormont Castle History and tour". Northern Ireland Executive. Archived from the original on 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2016-03-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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