Hill of the O’Neill gets set to reopen

The historic Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon reopens to the public on Friday, July 31 , with locals encouraged to come and learn more about one of the province’s most significant historical and scenic sites.

It was from here that the O’Neill family ruled Ulster for over 300 years, and visitors will hear all about Hugh O’Neill’s complicated relationship with the English monarchy, the many famous battles and sieges which marked the period, before the exodus of O’Neill and others in what became known as the Flight of the Earls.

This fascinating period of history is capsulated in a permanent indoor exhibition in Ranfurly House, with expert guides available to share all the stories and tales from the time.

After more than four months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the site now reopens with a series of changes designed to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.

Tours will operate from Wednesday through to Sunday with reduced numbers, a maximum of five people on each to allow for social distancing, with eight time slots available each day. Families or bubble groups can be accommodated upon request, and will receive their own dedicated slot. Please book your tickets in advance of your visit through the website or reception.

The whole of Ranfurly House will operate on a one way system, with comprehensive signage in place throughout to ensure a smooth visit and making social distancing easy for all staff and visitors. An enhanced cleaning schedule remains in operation, with hand sanitising stations available for use throughout the buildings.

The vast outdoor areas have also been enhanced, with additional planting and maintenance making them an ideal spot for a family picnic or stroll in a safe and secure environment. Patrons can also take in the stunning views from the 360 degree glass viewing tower.

To book a tour, or for further information, check out the Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House social media pages, visit www.dungannon.info, or call us on 028 8772 8600.