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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 well as the final resting places of the industrial giants who help to shape Belfast into a global powerhouse.

Wealthy merchants and professionals purchased the Walled Plots, with many showing off their wealth through elaborate memorials and mausoleums.

Your tour guide will tell you tales of bodysnatching and the thousands of souls who lie in unmarked graves. Some lived out their final days in the Poor House; others died without friends to bury them and there are those who tragically lost their lives in the 1832 cholera epidemic and the Irish Potato Famine.

The highlight of the tour is the McCracken family grave where Mary Ann McCracken, activist, abolitionist and philanthropist was laid to rest at the spectacular age of 96.

All human life rests in Clifton Street Cemetery. Come and discover the stories for yourself.

Your visit
Tours start at 3pm sharp. As Clifton House is still closed to the public, please meet your guide at the gates of Clifton Street Cemetery on Henry Place 10 minutes before the start of the tour, as the cemetery gates are locked once the tour begins.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance please see the link to tickets in the ‘Details’ section below. Unfortunately, we can’t facilitate walk-ins on the day.

Numbers are limited to allow for social distancing to be maintained.

Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities at Clifton Street Cemetery, so please plan your visit accordingly.

Clifton House Centre who operate the tours is the social enterprise of Belfast Charitable Society.