Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre
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Learn all about Dungannon the anicent Capitol of Ulster.
Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre is the perfect starting point for an exploration of the Dungannon and Tyrone area. Located in the former Belfast Bank, a beautiful mid Victorian centrepiece at the heart of Dungannon town which provides the gateway to the medieval capital of Ulster, Hill of The O’Neill a site used by rulers, noblemen and armies as a stronghold to dominate the area, a place from which they could influence all of Ulster. At least two castles are thought to have been built on the site, as well as a grand manor house and a fortified town. A new glass viewing tower and event space recently opened in May 2016 affords the visitor a spectacular view from this most ancient site in Ulster. Glass panels on the lift to the top floor of the tower display artwork portraying the mythological history of Dungannon.
From the top of the glass tower the visitor can view seven of the nine counties of Ulster. It was from here the famous O’Neill dynasty utilised a stunning 360-degree view of the province of Ulster to rule Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years. The Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor centre has a multi-media exhibition narrating the Hill’s importance in Irish and European history, its links to the O’Neill’s and the subsequent Flight of the Earls and Plantation of Ulster
Take a Free guided tour of The Hill of The O’Neill and exhibition in Ranfurly House by pre-booking with Ranfurly House Reception on (028) 8772 8600. Tour will last approximately one hour. Coach Parties are welcome. After your tour, enjoy your favourite coffee and treat in LaScala Coffee House.
Our Services/ Facilities Include:
• Tourist Information Centre
• Tower Conference Room which looks out onto the Hill of The O’Neill and can accommodate 60 seated for lecture style or 40 seated at tables.
• An education programme is on offer for schools and community groups.
• Our Square Box performance area has a seating capacity of 94.
• A variety of arts activities on offer to suit all age groups.
• Gift Shop and Coffee Shop
• Free Wi-Fi access
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