Aaron giving the tourCLIFTON House, the home of Belfast’s first charitable organisation, the Belfast Charitable Society, is set to host a series of unique tours, offering an insight into Belfast’s original Poor House and telling the story of the interesting yet turbulent history of years gone by.

The Clifton House and Cemetery tours run every Friday from the 22nd June to the 31st August, mid-week tours for Clifton House only are also available from Monday to Thursday during the summer months.

These unique tours offer you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the famous Joy and McCracken families, led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides who delve in to history and divulge the secrets of Belfast’s past.

Paula Reynolds, chief executive of the Belfast Charitable Society and Clifton House comments, “For those amateur historians among you or for those who want just want to spend an hour or so discovering Belfast of old then this tour is for you.

“Returning for the summer, the Friday afternoon tours examines Belfast’s early history from reformers to revolutionaries. Extremely knowledgeable, professional tour guides will welcome you and ensure you enjoy learning about the trials and tribulations of Belfast’s renowned history.”

From touring the grounds of the stunning Georgian building of Clifton House, set in tranquil landscaped gardens, to walking among the graves of the most famous people in Belfast’s history including Mary Ann McCracken, Valentine Jones and Dr William Drennan, the Clifton House tours welcome you and ask you to channel your inner historian and learn more about Belfast’s rich history.

“To date some several thousand visitors have been through the gates since August 2016, however, there are still many people who don’t know the history of Belfast and that of Clifton House and the Belfast Charitable Society.”

So why not spend an afternoon enjoying something a little different this summer!

Tours take place at Clifton House and Cemetery every Friday at 3pm at a cost of £9.50. Daily tours of Clifton House only also take place from Monday to Thursday during July and August at a cost of £6.50. Booking is advisable by phoning 028 9099 7022.