Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
En

Clifton House

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
2 North Queen Street, Belfast, Belfast, BT15 1ES
Clifton House

Book Tickets Online

About

Tours of Clifton House currently suspended until June 2020.

Clifton House is an impressive Georgian building, set in tranquil landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. Opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society, the building was used until the late 1880s as Belfast’s Poor House.

A great deal of what we take for granted in the city of Belfast today owes its origins to The Belfast Charitable Society. The foundation of social welfare, the supply of clean water, the city’s first hospital, funeral services, the beginnings of a police service and a municipal burial ground all began with the launch of the Society.

A tour of Clifton House will transport visitors back to 18th Century Belfast where political revolution was the order of the day and the industrial revolution had not yet arrived. Belfast was a merchant town, trying to place itself on the world stage. The work in the Poor House took many forms, including nursing those who were ill, giving skills to those who were unemployed and educating children who had known desperate circumstances. 18th Century Belfast was a tough place to live, famine, illness, appalling living conditions and lack of welfare authorities ensured the necessity of the work of the Belfast Poor House.

Clifton House was entirely renovated in 2000 and now is home to our archive, heritage and conference centre, residential home and sheltered accommodation. The heritage centre is available for hire for a variety of events including meetings, exhibitions, AGMs, workshops, conferences, dinner and receptions. We run tours of the heritage centre every Friday at 15:00 as well as group tours by request to tell the story of this truly remarkable building.

Tours Mon – Fri at 15:00 during July & August.

Guide Prices

Tours start from £6.50.

Add Clifton House to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 9099 7022

Map & Directions

Opening Times

* Open 09:30 – 16:30 Monday – Friday (may not be available at times due to private functions).

Groups tours are available on request.

What's Nearby

  1. The Gothic Revival St Patrick's was designed by Timonthy Hevey and Mortimer Thomspon and…

    0.21 miles away
  2. Built in 1856 at a cost of £4,500 in memory of Mr John Sinclair.

    0.37 miles away
  3. Welcome to Golden Thread Gallery, Northern Ireland's leading contemporary visual arts…

    0.38 miles away
  4. Belfast Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, has stood for over 100…

    0.39 miles away
  5. On the 31st March 1996 Crumlin Road Gaol slammed shut its doors for what many thought…

    0.42 miles away
  6. Fenderesky Gallery was established in December 1983.

    The Gallery represents and…

    0.42 miles away
  7. The Northern Ireland War Memorial is a ‘must see’ for anybody with an interest in…

    0.41 miles away
  8. An Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey earthwork castle dating to the late 12th or early 13th…

    0.48 miles away
  9. Discover Ulster Scots Centre

    Get a whole different story at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, in Belfast’s Cathedral…

    0.48 miles away
  10. Born from engagement with the community, Belfast Exposed houses contemporary photography…

    0.5 miles away
  11. The museum tells the story of the Royal Ulster Rifles from 1793 to 1968. From the raising…

    0.5 miles away
  12. The longest established resource in Northern Ireland for artists wanting to work in the…

    0.53 miles away
  13. The Ulster Historical Foundation, est. 1956, is a not-for-profit educational charity.…

    0.53 miles away
  14. Thomas Andrews, who attended this delightful church with his wife Helen, must have loved…

    0.57 miles away
  15. W5 is Belfast’s award-winning science and discovery centre and provides a unique…

    0.66 miles away
  16. Queen Street Studios (QSS) are an artist lead non profit organisation based in Belfast…

    0.7 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:
Clifton House is accessed from the Clifton Street junction off the Westlink and is located at the junction of Clifton Street and North Queen Street.

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss