Explore Historic Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House once the Power base of the O’Neills and Gaelic Ulster and Chichester’s planned Plantation Capital.
Step inside the old Belfast Bank in Dungannon, now transformed into Ranfurly Arts & Visitor Centre, and you stand not just in a beautifully renovated Victorian centrepiece at the heart of the town, but also at the threshold of one of the most ancient sites in Ulster – The Hill of The O’Neill.
Ranfurly House has a multi-media exhibition narrating the Hill’s importance in Irish and European history, its links to the O’Neill clan and the subsequent Flight of the Earls and Plantation of Ulster.
You can take a tour of the exhibition space on your own or with an experienced guide when you’ll hear tales of the skeletons found on the Hill during a major excavation in 2010, the escape tunnels leading from the O’Neill castle which snake underneath Dungannon town, and the well which served as a hiding place for the inhabitants of the Hill during many sieges.
A walk to the top brings stunning views across 7 Ulster counties, all the more impressive when seen from the height of a new glass viewing tower, making it all the more clear why this site was chosen by the famous O’Neill dynasty to rule Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years.
Year round Mon to Sat 09.00-17.00
Open Sun, Apr-Sept: 13.00-17.00
Bank Hols; 10.00-16.00
Closed Dec 25/26 & Jan 01
Admission Prices 2018:
Guided tours (must be pre-booked)
Senior (aged 65+): £2.50
Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.
LANGUAGES: Free printed guides available in English
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Coffee house serving light lunches, teas, speciality coffees, scones and tray bakes. Can cater for 40 seats, any number larger than 40 can be catered for in the conference space with prior booking.
PICNICS: Picnic tables are located in the Heritage Park.
SHOPPING: Gift shops selling handmade crystal, jewellery, branded merchandise, history books of the local area, and confectionary.
PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.
ACCESSIBILITY: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. Assistance dogs permitted.
GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required. Note: Adverse weather condition will deter outside guided tour on the Hill of The O’Neill Heritage Park, however, guided tour of Exhibition will always be available.
WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
Mid Ulster Business Awards 2013 for Best Tourism Centre.
A Sandford Award 2014 in recognition of outstanding contribution to heritage education and learning within the historic environment.
LOtC Quality Badge for our Education Programme.
William Keown Trust Award for disability access.
Hill of The O’Neill Events Space won the 2016 CIAT Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology.
It is 40.9 miles from Belfast international Airport to Dungannon – via A26 exiting at Junction 9 on M1 Motorway. From M1 Motorway exit at Junction 15 onto A29 and drive for 2.8 miles to Dungannon town centre.
26 Market Square, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT70 1AB, Northern Ireland
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