Clifton House Tour: Experience The Belfast Poorhouse
March 17 - July 1
CLIFTON HOUSE TOUR: EXPERIENCE THE BELFAST POORHOUSE
The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House. From the moment you step through our door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast Poorhouse – opened in 1774 – which provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years.
With our augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was like in the late eighteenth century. Staff and volunteers from Clifton House will share the history of this fantastic building and its people, while they come to life right before your eyes. See how the children learned in the nursery school, experience the ‘Black Hole’ – the punishment room for those who misbehaved. Feel and hear how it was to work in the first cotton mill of the town and how Belfast influenced the rest of the world.
Set up by the philanthropic merchants of the town, the Belfast Charitable Society and its home in Clifton House, has survived rebellions and revolutions, while looking after the welfare of the people of the city. Today, 270 years later, the Belfast Charitable Society continues to address disadvantage and support those in greatest need, through the proceeds from our tours.
AVAILABLE TOUR DATES:
Friday 17th March, 14:00
Saturday 18th March, 10:00
Friday 7th April, 14:00
Saturday 8th April, 10:00
Friday 19th May, 14:00
Saturday 20th May, 10:00
Friday 9th June, 14:00
Saturday 10th June, 10:00
Friday 30th June, 14:00
Saturday 1st July, 10:00
PLANNING YOUR VISIT:
Booking in advance essential
Guided tours last approx. 1 -1.5 hours
Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your tour
Free car parking onsite
Car parking is available on site
Please advise in advance of any access requirements