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Fascinating hidden gem in the heart of the city

The beautiful building and grounds are a joy to behold on their own, but the building tells a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
We learnt so much

We booked this tour knowing nothing about Clifton House or its place in the history of Belfast... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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. Facilities include car...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Clifton House 2 North Queen Street, Belfast BT15 1ES, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9099 7022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful building and grounds are a joy to behold on their own, but the building tells a fascinating story about the social history of Belfast. Greatly enhanced by a passionate and knowledgeable guide, our visit to the house was educational and entertaining. A must-visit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this tour knowing nothing about Clifton House or its place in the history of Belfast, despite the city being our birthplace. Our guide Aaron gave us a wonderful insight into the Belfast Charitable Society from its beginnings to its ongoing good work today....More

Thank way2go07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An very informative tour of Clifton House by guide, Aaron. He gave us a very knowledgeable insight as to what this Historic building was built for. So many “firsts” for Belfast within these walls. If it hadn’t been for the foresight of the Board, too...More

Reviewed 16 August 2018

I took this tour today. I also work as a tour guide so I was impressed with Aaron's knowledge and delivery. He brought the place to life and was able to answer many questions about the times and the personalities involved. I'd recommend this tour...More

Thank pcorken
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

We went on the 3pm tour on a Monday and really enjoyed it! Our tour guide was a friendly young man who was obviously very interested and passionate about the history of the house and Belfast. He was very knowledgeable and keen to answer any...More

Thank Lizzie P
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend the tour of this historic house and nearby graveyard as it has such historical significance to Belfast . Our guide Aaron was just excellent and I learned so much about Belfast’s Poor House and those who were involved with it . Working...More

2  Thank Maggie O
Reviewed 20 April 2018

I highly recommend this tour of Clifton House and nearby graveyard where you will discover many interesting facts about early Belfast society given by a very enthusiastic and informative guide Aaron.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to this historic house and graveyard. The boardroom is apparently one of the most historically significant rooms in Belfast, where the great and the good met to improve the well being of Belfast and its citizens. We found out about...More

Thank 629anne
Reviewed 31 March 2018

I visited both the house and grave yard, our guide was very informative and enthusiastic My mother of 93 was with us and she was reared in this part of Belfast and never knew of the existence of the old burying ground. Lovely to see...More

Thank Carol1949lin
Reviewed 27 March 2018

I recently attended a series of lectures on Irish History 1912-23 organised by the Belfast Charitable Society in Clifton House. The setting was excellent. The staff were very welcoming. Enjoyed the tea/coffee before each lecture. Lectures by Eamon Phoenix and other academics from QUB were...More

Thank Pat M
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