Clifton House Belfast
Clifton House is charming, atmospheric and one of the last Georgian buildings in Belfast. Built in 1774 by the Belfast Charitable Society, it served as the Poor House for Belfast until the late 1880s. Now fully restored to its original Georgian elegance and with the history lovingly preserved, Clifton House combines a fascinating interpretative centre with a large collection of antiques and artefacts.
The Belfast Charitable Society was founded in August 1752 in a tavern called The George Inn on the corner of North Street and John Street, Belfast. The newly formed society was made up of a group of leading Belfast citizens who played a key role in the development of the city and were at the forefront of providing welfare for its people.
The Poor House in Belfast was a safe haven for the poorest and neediest in society. The Belfast Charitable Society were to the fore in providing the essentials such as food as shelter, but they also provided training, education and skills which were to enable people live independently once more.
The Belfast Charitable Society would go on to be responsible for the origins of social welfare, funeral services and municipal burial grounds, Belfast’s first hospital, the provision of clean water and the creation of a fledgling police service.
Clifton House History Tours
- Take our Friday tour to discover the 'honourable history' of the Belfast Charitable Society and the Poor House which opened in 1774.
- Hear the stories of past public spirited citizens without whom, Belfast would not have become the city it is today.
- See artefacts which date back to the 17th Century in Belfast’s oldest working building.
- The tours start at 3pm every Friday and cost £6.50.
- Group tours can be arranged by contacting 028 9099 7022.