CLIFTON STREET GRAVEYARD WALKING TOUR BELFAST
Belfast's Most Historic Site
This tour begins with a visit to the old Belfast Poor House which was not a pleasant place to be in Victorian Belfast. In 1795 they opened up one of their back fields for the burial of the towns paupers but this was soon to develop into something more and therefore give us the historic site it is today. On this tour you will visit the largest famine grave in Ireland as well as the infamous Cholera Pits where the remains of thousands lie inches beneath the soil. You will also see the graves of the founders of Irish Republicanism who were not only presbyterian but also freemasons and who gave us the present day IRA. In this small cemetery there are over 14,000 people buried which means 14,000 life stories ranging from inventors right though to the extreme poor. You will also hear why lots of those buried are no longer here due to the activities of the notorious bodysnatchers.
About Your Tour Guides
Yours tour guides will be Joe Baker and Michael Liggett who have been conducting tours of the city since 1991 and were the first to conduct tours of the city. Between them they have produced over 400 publications on Belfast's local history as well as DVDs and applications on local tours. Their work has not only been highlighted in almost every single newspaper in Ireland but also in newspapers ranging from The Guardian through to the Sunday Times. Take our word for it they really do know their stuff!