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 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 and shelter, but they also provided training, education and skills enabling people to escape the cycles of poverty and live independently.
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 offer immersive tours of the former Poor House, where you can hear the stories of those who lived in the house in the 18th and 19th century. Clifton House also offer tours of Clifton Street Cemetery, where the great and good of Belfast are buried side by side the poorest of the City. This beautiful Georgian building is also the starting point on the ‘Hero of Belfast: Mary Ann McCracken Walking Tour, where visitors can walk in the footsteps of the remarkable Mary Ann, and hear about her dedication to helping the poor, her radical spirit and her fight against slavery.
To find out more about any of their tours and to book visit: https://cliftonbelfast.com/whats-on/tours/
Top Reasons To Visit
- Beautiful Georgian Belfast Building
- Provides a unique insight into the development of Belfast
- Contains a large archive and artefact collection
- One of Belfast's most historic buildings
- Intrinsically linked to the story of Mary Ann McCracken
Clifton House History Tours
Clifton House, Belfast: Discover the history, hear the stories and immerse yourself in Belfast’s past.
Clifton House has three guided tours that run throughout the year: Clifton House – Experience the Belfast Poor House Tour, includes augmented reality; Hero of Belfast – Mary Ann McCracken Walking Tour; and Clifton Street Cemetery Tour.
Let their trained guides awaken an interest in Belfast’s past, its people and its places.
For tour dates and prices please visit their website: https://cliftonbelfast.com/whats-on/tours/
Group tours can be arranged by contacting 028 9099 7022.
A century on from his birth, this talk will consider anew Fiacc’s poetry, and his lasting influence on Irish poetry.
Enjoy these poetry readings from Leontia Flynn, Dane Holt and Dawn Watson at Clifton House as part of Look North! Festival.
The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House. From the moment you step through our door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast…
A Discussion with Vicky Tennant, UK Representative to the UNHCR and the Rt. Hon Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick.
Enjoy a guided tour of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery and learn the medical history along the way.
Come and explore the stories of the reformers & rebels who made the Belfast Charitable Society a “hotbed of radical activity” in the 1790s!