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Clifton House, formerly the Poor House, was built in 1774 by the Belfast Charitable Society and is one of Belfast's most historic buildings.

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.

New immersive tours of Clifton House take place every Saturday and Sunday (advance booking is essential). Now, through the use of world class immersive technology, from the moment you step through the door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast Poor House – opened in 1774 – which provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years.

With the introduction of augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was really like in the late eighteenth century. The White Badge tour guides will share the history and stories of this fantastic building, while they come to life right before your eyes.

To find out more or to book visit: https://cliftonbelfast.com/whats-on/tours/
  • 2 North Queen Street
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT15 1EQ

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Provides a unique insight into the development of the city
  • Finest surviving Georgian Belfast building
  • Fascinating interpretative centre
  • Contains a large collection of antiques and artefacts
  • One of Belfast's most historic buildings
  • Clifton House History Tours

    • Take a 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. (Please note there will be no tour on Friday 22 March 2019)

    Group tours can be arranged by contacting 028 9099 7022.

    The last Friday in the month there is a tour of both Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery.

    • May – Tours every Saturday of Clifton House at 12noon
    • June – Every Friday at 3pm will be a tour of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery
    • July & August – there will be a tour every weekday of Clifton House at 3pm

    Clifton House & Graveyard Tour –  £9.50

Mary Ann McCracken’s Belfast Walking Tour

1.21 KM
15 - 29 Oct 2021

Experience Mary Ann McCracken’s Belfast, as you walk in the footsteps of this remarkable abolitionist, philanthropist and social reformer.

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Immersive Tours – Experience the Belfast Poor House

1.21 KM
16 Oct - 28 Nov 2021

Through the use of world-class immersive technology, and the White Badge tour guides you will be transported back in time to 18th century Belfast.

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Clifton Street Cemetery Tour: In Life and Death

1.21 KM
16 - 24 Oct 2021

Step back in time as you enter through the gates of Clifton Street Cemetery, opened by the Belfast Charitable Society in 1797 which catered to all…

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Halloween Tours: The Darker Side of Clifton Street Cemetery

1.21 KM
30 - 31 Oct 2021

Explore Clifton Street Cemetery this Halloween weekend and discover its darker side!

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