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History Tours

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, tours of Clifton House are currently suspended. However outdoor tours of Clifton Street Cemetery have resumed, with numbers restricted to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Online Talks and Tours

Due to the continued disruption caused by Covid-19, Clifton House are offering a series of online talks, facilitated via Zoom.  Check out the events page on our Belfast Charitable Society website for our full calendar of talks.

Tours of Clifton Street Cemetery

August: Monday to Friday Tours at 3pm
September: Friday Tours at 3pm & Sunday Tours at 12noon

Step back in time as you enter through the gates of Clifton Street Cemetery, opened by the Belfast Charitable Society in 1797 which catered to all of the citizens of Belfast. Visit the graves of radicals and reformers from a time when Belfast was the Athens of the North as the final resting places of the industrial giants who help to shape Belfast into a global powerhouse.

Tours start sharply. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start time. The cemetery gates are locked once the tour begins.
Tickets are £7.50pp. Book online via Vaitor here.

Groups tours – Currently closed due to Covid-19

Groups can book a guided tour of Clifton House by phoning 028 9099 7022 to arrange a time and date in advance or by emailing Group rates for tours of 15 or more are available.

Check out our  Facebook page or  Twitter feed for further details.

Unfortunately our tours are temporarily not accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



“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, Chairman, Carryduff Historical Society


“On behalf of First Lisburn Presbyterian Women, I would like to very warmly thank you and all the staff for the tour we had on Wednesday last. You especially inspired the ladies with your wonderful knowledge of the history of Clifton House. In just over three years in the chair of the group,  I have never had so many phones calls, text messages  and letters how much  the ladies enjoyed the day,  so very many thanks to you.” Maureen Staniland, First Lisburn Presbyterian Women’s Group


“Excellent, very informative guide.  Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.” Linda Swindle, Lisnaskea Historical Society


“Great Tour – Thank you!” Adrian Powter, Cambridge


“My sister and I had the pleasure of taking the tour of Clifton House and graveyard on Friday 25th August.  Please pass on our thanks to the guide – Aaron.  Wonderful and educational.  Filled with enthusiasm and knowledge.  Has inspired me to discover more  – and I consider myself quite a “history buff”!!  Thank you once more.”  Shirley McMillan, Visitor to Clifton House & Clifton Street Cemetery.


“What a wonderful day we had at Clifton House and I speak on behalf of all who were fortunate to attend. All arrangements worked out admirably. Please pass on our thanks to the Catering team for the part that they played. Also to Aaron. What a gem you have in him as you would have witnessed. I can see another tour to Clifton House in the New Year.”

Ken Canavan U3A Causeway Coast


“Went on this tour and very glad we did. Great presentation with insights about social care, philanthropy, health, politics and religion, architecture and lots of stories. Important part of Belfast’s history. Thanks for keeping it alive. For visitors and locals alike.”

Peter Corry, Leeds

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