Discover the history and heritage right on your doorstep with a guided tour of Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House.
Step inside the old Belfast Bank in Dungannon, now transformed into Ranfurly Arts and 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.
On your tour you will learn how Hill of The O’Neill was one of the most important historical sites in the history of Ireland
Discover the story of the nine year war, the defeat of Hugh O’Neill head of the most powerful families in Ulster and his departure to Europe.
An episode in our history known as the Flight of The Earls which marked the end of the old Gaelic order and paved the way for the Plantation of Ulster, changing the course of Irish history forever.
As you walk on to the hill you will hear tales of the skeletons found 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.
Take in the panoramic views of seven of the nine counties of Ulster, which are all the more impressive when seen from the height of a new glass -viewing tower.
From this view-point you will see why this site was chosen by the famous O’Neill dynasty to rule Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years and by Sir Arthur Chichester as the Plantation Capital of Ulster after the Flight of The Earls in 1607.