Mr Girmondi, Dancing Dogs & the Belfast Poor House


There have been some unusual donations to Belfast Charitable Society over the years, many of them recorded on huge wooden boards with the details of donors stencilled on. On this day (30 September) 1818 Mr Girmondi, who was in Belfast entertaining the citizens of the town, became one of these donors. Girmondi was the proprietor of a troop of 'Dancing Dogs' and he donated a days takings from his exhibition to the Poor House in order to support its work. You too can support the work of Belfast's oldest charity! Our weekend tours offer something for everyone- from our Friday afternoon [...]

Mr Girmondi, Dancing Dogs & the Belfast Poor House2021-09-30T13:41:58+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): you know the name, now hear her story!


You will have undoubtedly heard her name in recent weeks and months in the media, but do you know the full story of Mary Ann McCracken? This formidable woman would have been a well known figure in her day, walking through the streets of Belfast, always on a mission! Now you have the chance to walk those same streets, and find out more about her life, the places she lived, worked and visited. You will come away not only knowing more about Mary Ann herself, but also what life was like in Belfast and Ireland when she was alive. You will [...]

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): you know the name, now hear her story!2021-09-03T10:15:00+00:00

Hello Autumn!


Hello Autumn! Where did the summer go! At Clifton House it went in a blink of an eye as we prepared ourselves for re-opening. Our new immersive house tours have been running for four weeks now, and we have settled into our stride. More importantly you have told us you love them! You love the history and the stories that surround this beautiful Georgian building, and you especially love our new augmented reality app, which, for the first time, lets our visitors see what life was like in Clifton House in the late 18th century when it operated as the city's [...]

Hello Autumn!2021-09-03T10:10:22+00:00
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