We launched our tours at Clifton House in August 2016 and since then we have been delighted with the response. With the summer season almost upon us, we have decided to launch a daily tour of Clifton House during July and August. Tours will run Monday – Friday at 3.00pm.
Built back in 1774, the House stands as a testament to the elegance and grandeur of Georgian architecture. Set within its own tranquil grounds, it is an oasis of calm close to the busy heart of Belfast. It is the oldest working building in the city and has witnessed insurrections, war, fever, famine and military occupation- and that’s just the building!
The history and heritage connected with the house is extensive. The Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752 with the aims of building a Poor House and the first hospital in Belfast. They succeeded and were able to open the doors to Clifton House in 1774 in what was a developing town of just 8500 people.
The Society went on to influence much of what you see in Belfast today from water supply, medical provisions, street lighting and philanthropy. The unique heritage of Clifton House is present in the form of artefacts and significant archival records which can be used for tracing your family history.
These same records shed light on the lives of the less fortunate and demonstrate how they were well treated by the Society both inside and outside of the confines of the Poor House. Their stories continue beyond the house through employment, emigration and even in death with many buried in the Society’s Clifton Street Graveyard.
The stories are endless and draw visitors into the Belfast of the 1700s and 1800s. So why not come along and follow in the footsteps of the great and the good, the poor and the destitute as you retrace their steps in a tour of Clifton House?
Contact us on 028 9099 7022 to book your place.