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The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House. Established as Belfast’s Poor House in 1774, thousands of people, young and old, local citizens and passing sailors, all sought sanctuary within its walls right up until 1882. 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.

Labelled as radicals themselves, these inspirational individuals challenged eighteenth century beliefs on slavery, reform and society, spearheading rebellion for change. Today, over 265 years later, the Belfast Charitable Society continues to address disadvantage and support those in greatest need, through the proceeds from our tours. You are part of the next chapter!

Afterwards visit Clifton Street Cemetery and see the final resting place of radicals including Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken, Thomas McCabe & William Drennan; poets and artists; American slaves; and wealthy families buried alongside one of the largest famine graveyards in Ireland.

The tours begin at 3pm in Clifton House. Car parking is available on site.

Price is £9.50 per person. Booking advisable by phoning 028 9099 7022.