Clifton House

Overview

2h
The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House! Originally opened by the Belfast Charitable Society in 1774 as a Poor House, it provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years. Today Clifton House offers tours of the building which is brought to life through augmented reality, as well as tours of Clifton Street Cemetery. The cemetery isthe final resting place of reformers and radicals including Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken, Thomas McCabe & William Drennan; poets and artists; an American slave; and wealthy families buried alongside one of the largest famine graveyards in Ireland.

Opening times

Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
08:30:00 16:30:00

Facilities

  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Retail On Site
  • Wifi
  • Toilets
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Car Parking Available
  • Guided Tours
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Guided tour of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery
  • Use of iPads for augmented reality during the House section of the tour
  • Free Carparking 
  • If you wish to cancel your booking a full refund will be given up to 5 working days before the event
  • We will offer an opportunity to reschedule your booking up to 24 hours before the event
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 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 our augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was like in the late eighteenth century. Our White Badge tour guides will share the history and stories of this fantastic building and its people, while they come to life right before your eyes. See how the children learned in the nursery school, experience the ‘Black Hole’ – the punishment room for those who misbehaved. Feel and hear how it was to work in the first cotton mill of the town and how Belfast influenced the rest of the world. And much more!

Afterwards visit Clifton Street Cemetery and see the final resting place of radicals including Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken, Thomas McCabe & William Drennan; poets and artists; American slaves; and wealthy families buried alongside one of the largest famine graveyards in Ireland.

Set up by the philanthropic merchants of the town, the Belfast Charitable Society and its home in Clifton House, has survived rebellions and revolutions, while looking after the welfare of the people of the city. Today, over 265 years later, the Belfast Charitable Society continues to address disadvantage and support those in greatest need, through the proceeds from our tours.

Come and be part of our next chapter!

Contact details

  • Clifton House
  • 2 North Queen Street
  • Belfast
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT15 1ES
02890997022
archive@cliftonbelfast.org.uk