Georgian Elegance In The Heart Of The City

Belfast’s Original Historic Meeting Venue

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About Clifton House

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.  It was used as a nursing home and hospital for older people and is now a unique event venue.

Combining Georgian elegance and a city centre location, Clifton House offers an impressive space for a wide range of events including meetings, exhibitions, AGMs, workshops, conferences, dinner and receptions.

Many of Northern Ireland’s leading public and private sector organisations have used Clifton House for events and our in-house staff will work closely with you to ensure a successful and professional event.

Facilities include car parking, a range of catering options and wireless internet. Guests can also learn about the history of this fascinating building through our interpretative centre which features a large collection of antiques and artefacts, some dating back to 1774 when the Poor House was first opened.

For further information or to request a tour of the event venue, please contact Lucy Fraser on 028 9099 7022 or email lucy@cliftonbelfast.org.uk

History – The Belfast Charitable Society

The Belfast Charitable Society was founded in August 1752 in a tavern called The George Inn on the corner of North Street and John Street, Belfast. The newly formed Society was made up of a group of leading Belfast citizens who played a key role in the development of Belfast and were at the forefront of providing welfare for its people.

At the time, the care for the poor of Belfast was left to public-spirited citizens to do what they could and the Society was the driving force behind the Belfast Poor House.

The Belfast Charitable Society would go on to be responsible for the origins of social welfare, funeral services and municipal burial grounds, Belfast’s first hospital, the provision of clean water and the creation of a fledgling police service.  The Poor House, later Clifton House, has served Belfast for almost 250 years providing help and shelter to the residents of the town.

Today Clifton House is one of the finest surviving pieces of Georgian Belfast.

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Clifton House as a Venue

We host many events in Clifton House including seminars, conferences, wedding receptions, intimate poetry readings and fine dining.

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Clifton House & Clifton Street Cemetery Tours

There is no better starting point for the discovery of Belfast City’s Modern 17th Century origins than Clifton House.

Take our tour to discover the “honourable history” of the Belfast Charitable Society and the Poor House which opened in 1774.

We are the oldest continuously occupied building in Belfast and have artefacts that link back to Belfast’s earliest days as a corporation.

Hear the stories of past public spirited citizens without whom, Belfast would not have become the city it is today.

Tours available Monday – Friday at 3.00pm during July & August.

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Prior booking is not necessary, but to avoid disappointment please book in advance. Private tours available by appointment and the venue is also available for commercial and private hire.  In-house catering is also available. 

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Client Reviews:  Read what some of our clients have to say

“We really enjoyed the event at Clifton House, the venue itself, staff and food were all excellent”
Lynsey McCloskey, Business Development Manager, Tidy Northern Ireland
“Many thanks for your kind hospitality today, we hope to use your historic premises again”
Ian Elliott, Chief Executive, Oaklee Housing Association
“It is entirely fitting that the Conservation Training Course is based in one of the earliest buildings in Belfast. The aesthetic charm of using a historic building is very much appreciated by the participants and visiting lectures”
Jill Kerry, Conservation Architect Royal Society of Ulster Architects
Clifton House is a lovely venue with extremely helpful and pleasant staff. I would highly recommend it for meetings and events.
David Mahaffy, Bryson Care
Just a brief note to thank the staff at Clifton House for their assistance and hospitality. We received first class treatment, and the venue was ideal for our purposes.

John Maguire, Royal Irish Academy
On behalf of the Carryduff Historical Society I would like to thank you once again for giving us such an excellent and informative tour on Monday night. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and we all came away with a completely new outlook on such an iconic building and cemetery.
Gordon Hunt, Carryduff Historical Society
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising yesterdays event; the catering and organisation was superb as always and made our life a lot easier on the day. So very many thanks and I look forward to our next foray to Clifton House
Renee Quinn, Chief Executives Forum
Lucy and the rest of the Clifton House team were extremely helpful throughout all stages of the planning and hosting of the event and as a result the day ran really smoothly. Louise gave a very interesting and informative introductory presentation on Clifton House and its history which set the context for our event perfectly
Christopher Mills, Department of Communities, Life Opportunities Branch
Just a quick line to say thank you so much for having us as part of our Vintage car run at Clifton House last Saturday. The scones etc were very tasty & Aaron did a great job of the wee tour. Enjoyed by all.
Richard Gregory, Banbridge Old Vehicle Club
Outstanding service in a truly unique setting, many thanks to Lucy and the team for ensuring our event went flawlessly.
Anna McDaid, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - Northern Ireland