A School Visit to the Award Winning
Heritage Education Centre
"The good experience that schools have in attending The Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is a triumph of organisation and a testament to the Education Officer and managers." 2014 Sandford Award, Judge's Report.
The Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is on the site of the ancient capital of Ulster, the location where the O'Neills ruled as Gaelic chieftains from 1305. It was the place where the last of the O'Neill chieftains, Hugh O'Neill, was born and called home, until this stronghold was overrun by English forces, led by Lord Mountjoy, in 1602. The Noble 99 gathered in Dungannon prior to the Flight of the Earls in 1607, and following their journey into exile in Rome, Arthur Chichester restored Hugh O'Neill's castle and made it his own, referring to Dungannon as the "centre" of Ulster. The plantation of this region started on the Hill and spread out from it to create the landscape that we know today.
From 1594 until 1622 Dungannon was at the centre of national and international politics. In order to mark this important era in the history of the region, a permanent exhibition which narrates and analyses the The Flight of The Earls and The Plantation of Ulster has been created in Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre. There is also a seven acre heritage park, The Hill of The O'Neill, where the site of the O'Neill castle can be examined, and the towers of the last structure on the Hill, the Knox-Hannyngton House, can be studied.
- Heritage Education programmes developed in consultation with schools and colleges (see the list on the right of this page)
- Guided tours of the Exhibition and the Hill of The O'Neill - KS1 to KS4 and Post-16
- Literacy Trail - KS2 (P6/7) and KS3 (Y8)
- Numeracy Trail - KS2 (P6/7) and KS3 (Y8)
- Sources Trail for GCSE History students: use the primary sources that are featured in the Exhibition in order to make a study of the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster
- Pupil resources also available in Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tetum and Ulster-Scots
Plan a School Visit
If you wish to plan a school visit, details about all of the current activities and programmes can be found on the Education pages of this website. The Education Officer, Peter Lant, with other centre staff, is present at each activity/programme, but pupil supervision is the responsibility of school staff while pupils are present in the centre. It is, therefore, recommended that there is an adult-pupil ratio of at least 1:10.
Make a Booking
Prices for Schools and Colleges
- £2 per pupil/£50 per class of up to 30 pupils
- School staff: free
School Visiting Times
The Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is open for school visits throughout the academic year. The centre is open each day from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
More details concerning public opening times, and information about other events at this centre, can be found on the Events and Contact pages of this website.
Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is fully accessible. There is lift access to each floor. There are toilets with disabled access on three floors. A ramped walkway allows full access to the Hill of The O'Neill Heritage Park.
Car and Coach Parking
There are public car parks within close proximity of the centre. A drop-off point can be found at the front of Ranfurly House. A detailed travel map of the Dungannon area can be found on the Contact page of this website.