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Clifton House is where the history of Belfast begins!

Built by Belfast Charitable Society, it opened in 1774 as the Poor House for the town. Thousands of people, young and old, to passing sailors, sought sanctuary within its walls. Behind the scenes were a group of radicals and reformers who were instrumental in challenging 18th century beliefs on slavery, reform and society- ultimately spearheading rebellion!

Come along to our ‘open house’ and have a look around the oldest working public building in the city. Our fully accredited White Badge volunteers will be on hand to answer questions you may have during your visit. What will you discover?

Booking is essential via the time slots below.

Planning your visit

  • Free car parking onsite
  • Access to Clifton House is via the stone steps at the front of the building. Please contact us in advance with any access requirements
  • The event is an ‘open house’ with guides available to answer questions. There will be no formal guided tours on the day
  • Phone 02890 997 022 if you have any queries