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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.

Clifton House guided tours are available every Friday at 3pm. Tickets are available from Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North.

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 - £6.50
Clifton House & Graveyard Tour –  £9.50
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  • 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

Philanthropy Past and Present – Tour of Clifton House

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21 - 28 Feb 2020

Come and explore the city’s oldest working building, set up by philanthropic merchants as the Belfast Poor House

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In Life and Death – Tales from the Poor House and Clifton Street Cemetery

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06 Mar - 29 May 2020

The spring tours take in, not only the fabulous and interesting history of Clifton House, but also Clifton Street Cemetery, one of the oldest burial grounds.

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Plots and Plotters – Clifton Street Cemetery Tour

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15 - 17 Apr 2020

This Easter, walk in the footsteps and visit the graves of the reformers and rebels who made the Belfast Charitable Society a “hotbed of radical activity”.

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