About us
Clifton House is a charming and atmospheric 18th century building set in tranquil grounds right in the heart of Belfast.
One of Belfast’s most historic buildings, Clifton House was completed in 1774 by the Belfast Charitable Society as a base for their work with the poor and needy.
The Society now shares Clifton House with BIH who operate sheltered accommodation on the site while the society run a residential home and an impressive interpretative centre.
Today, fully restored to its Georgian elegance, Clifton House is a truly unique venue offering the ambience and privacy of a country house right in the heart of the city centre.
A fully functional venue, Clifton House is equipped to host a range of business and private functions including: business meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops and launch events.
Clifton House is convenient to the City’s commercial and business districts and access to all major transportation links (M1 and M2) is excellent. Private car parking is also available on site.

Clifton House, originally Belfast’s Poor House, was founded by the Belfast Charitable Society in the 1770’s.
An Act of Parliament gave the Society considerable power over the welfare of the town’s citizens. As well as taking in the destitute, sick and poor, they administered the water supply, and exercised authority over town planning, policing and fire fighting. Children in the poor house were taught the skills of mechanised cotton spinning and weaving – the start of the city’s industrialisation.
In 1798, the military in the barracks next door gave the Society forty eight hours to clear the Poor House because of the radical connections of its founding members. Robert and Henry Joy,
joint editors of the Belfast Newsletter, played pivotal roles in advancing the interests of the Poor House and their nephew Henry Joy McCracken was hanged for his part in the Rebellion of 1798. Henry Joy’s sister Mary Ann was a revolutionary and an advocate of the rights of women and children. After her brother’s execution she devoted her life to the welfare of the residents of the Poor House.
In more recent years it became obvious that Clifton House required a major refurbishment. The Society commissioned a new purpose built nursing home at Carlisle Circus and leased Clifton House to BIH Housing Association for 70 years, allowing them to fund the renovation work. The Society now shares Clifton House with BIH who operate sheltered accommodation on the site while the Society run a residential home and an impressive Interpretative Centre.

Plan an Event
Looking for something different when planning an event in the heart of the city isn’t always easy.
You need look no further!!
Clifton House is more than just a meeting place. Clifton House offers its guests the ambience and tranquility of a stately home making it an ideal choice for an intimate event. Whether you are organising a training seminar, AGM, exhibition, conference, dinner or a reception, Clifton House offers a fully functional and self contained venue. Our contracted in-house caterers can offer a variety of menus to suit your budget and taste. Clifton House boasts a large entrance hall and a breathtaking board room which can comfortably accommodate up to 60 delegates theatre style.
Two adjoining rooms are also available if required. Our in-house event manager will provide you with a tailored and professional service and will work closely with you to ensure a successful and stress free event. Many of Northern Ireland’s leading public and private sector organisations including: the Water Service, University of Ulster, Mater Hospital and the Ulster Youth Orchestra have already discovered what Clifton House can offer, we hope you will too.
Please feel free to contact Rosie Ford-Hutchinson if you would like any further information in relation to hosting an event in Clifton House or come visit us and see for yourself.

Contact Rosie Ford-Hutchinson –
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Our Location
Clifton House is superbly located in the heart of Belfast, with its own private car park. Other heritage sites nearby include Belfast City Hall, the Harbour Commissioner’s Office, the Cathedral Quarter and St Anne’s Cathedral and the newly regenerated Custom House Square.
Clifton House is also convenient to the business and commercial districts. It is easily accessed from both the M1 and the M2 from the Clifton Street junction of the West Link.
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