Life and death in the Poor House Tour (Clifton House & Graveyard Tour) New Sunday opening


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Clifton House

2 North Queen Street
Co. Belfast
BT15 1ES

The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House, and for the first time we are opening our doors for tours on a Sunday, as well as a Friday.

Our 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 in Belfast.

Our experienced guide will lead you through the history of those that lived and died at Belfast’s original Poor House.

Established in 1774 by the famous Joy and McCracken families, thousands of people, young and old, local citizens and passing sailors, all sought sanctuary within its walls.  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 260 years later, the Belfast Charitable Society continues to tackle disadvantage, by using proceeds from tour admissions to support those in greatest need.

Our Spring Tours on a Sunday (starting 19th April) take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm at Clifton House, followed by a tour of Clifton Street Cemetery. Our experienced guide will lead you through the history of those who lived and died at Clifton House. Our Friday tours continue as usual at 3pm weekly. 

Free car parking is available on site.

Cost £9.50 per person and booking is essential. Call 028 9099 7022 or email:


2 Hours

Entrance Fee