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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 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/
  • 2 North Queen Street
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT15 1EQ

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.

     

Hero of Belfast: Mary Ann McCracken Walking Tour

1.21 KM
19 Jul - 12 Oct 2024
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Experience Mary Ann McCracken’s Belfast, as you walk in the footsteps of this remarkable abolitionist, philanthropist and social reformer.

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Clifton House Open Day

1.21 KM
Sat, 20 Jul 2024, 10:00am

Clifton House will open its doors to the public on Saturday 20th July, 2024 for a free open day.

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Clifton House Tour: Experience The Belfast Poor House

1.21 KM
26 Jul - 19 Oct 2024
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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…

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Clifton Street Cemetery Tour

1.21 KM
02 Aug - 26 Oct 2024
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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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Plots & Plotters: Belfast Charitable Society & the 1798 Rebellion (Clifton Street Cemetery Tour)

1.21 KM
23 - 24 Aug 2024
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Come and explore the stories of the reformers & rebels who made the Belfast Charitable Society a “hotbed of radical activity” in the 1790s!

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‘Doing the Needful’: Belfast Charitable Society and its Founding Fathers

1.21 KM
Wed, 28 Aug 2024, 7:00pm

Head to Clifton House, the home of Belfast’s oldest charity, where Aaron McIntyre will discuss the formation of the Belfast Charitable Society.

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Heritage Skills Day at Clifton House

1.21 KM
Sun, 01 Sep 2024, 12:00pm

Enjoy a free event celebrating 250 years of Clifton House with live music, food, local crafts and more!

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