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Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre

What will students see and do?

Hill of The O’Neill is one of the most historically important locations in Ireland. It was the medieval centre of Ulster, with a history stretching back over 2,000 years to the Iron Age. The region was ruled by The O’Neills, one of Ulster’s most powerful dynasties, for over 400 years.

Visitors can learn all about Hugh O’Neill, AKA The O’Neill, a key figure in the history of the area, who led armies during the Nine Years War. Upon his eventual defeat, he and over 90 followers departed to Spain, in what became known as The Flight of the Earls.

In the permanent Ranfurly House exhibition, students will learn about the significance of these astounding events, and what they meant for the future of Ireland.

Following The Flight of the Earls came the Plantation – a move by Scottish and English leaders to colonise the ancient Gaelic traditions and ‘civilise’ the Irish. The interactive exhibition details these events in an engaging and accessible way for students.

You will meet your tour guide at Ranfurly House at the foot of the hill, before starting your adventure. The first stop is the exhibition. From there, visitors climb the hill while learning about its rich historical significance.

From the Glass Tower at the top of the hill, students will take in 360-degree views of Ulster, surveying the region as its former rulers did centuries ago.

Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House is also the perfect starting point to explore the rest of Dungannon town, which was formed as a plantation town after the defeat in the Nine Years War. The reception of the centre is also the local visitor centre, so there’s a wealth of expertise available for you to continue your educational explorations.

More than just a history trip, students can experience workshops including art, drama and sustainability. This is an incredibly diverse learning opportunity with many curriculum-related outcomes.

Teaching resources provided

All workshop resources are provided.

Minimum and maximum group size

Hill of The O’Neill proudly claims to be able to host groups of all sizes, and are well versed in school visits.

Details of risk assessment

The centre staff are available to assist with any risk assessments required.


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Facilities on-site

The entire site is fully accessible, including blue badge parking available. There is lift access to all floors, with accessible toilets.

The coffee shop has a range of refreshments and snacks freshly made each day. The cafe can prepare lunches for group visits if ordered in advance.

There’s a picnic area on the hill that is perfect for group lunches, where students can also enjoy the spectacular views.

The gift shop is an opportunity for pupils to buy history-inspired souvenirs.

Opening times

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: closed



Contact the team to find out about school trip pricing.

Travel arrangements

Just a few minutes from Junction 15 of the M1, Dungannon is located 30 miles from Newry, 50 miles from Derry and four miles from Belfast.

Coach parking is available next to Ranfurly House.


26 Market Square, Dungannon, Tyrone
BT70 1AB

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