“There is no greater place to understand the history of Ulster – and latterly Northern Ireland – than Hill of The O Neill, Dungannon, for it is the events that occur between the 20 year period of 1590 to 1610 that forged the Early Modern period in the north of Ireland, and Dungannon was at the epicentre”: Dr Colm J Donnelly (Queen’s University, Belfast).
Hill of The O’Neill is the location where the Clan O’Neill ruled Tyrone from 1305 until 1607. It is the place where Hugh O’Neill, the last of the O’Neill chieftains, was born and called home; a highland rampart in the heart of Ulster that was bitterly fought over by Irish and English commanders during the Nine Years’ War; a unique setting that was prized by Sir Arthur Chichester, and following the Flight of the Earls, was regarded by this Lord Deputy as the “centre” of Plantation Ulster.
Today anyone can visit Hill of The O’Neill and marvel at the view of seven counties so valued by Hugh O’Neill and Arthur Chichester. This special heritage site is complemented by an interpretive, interactive exhibition in Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre which helps visitors to gain an understanding of the effect of the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster on Irish history. This experience can be enhanced by a visit to the 360 degree glass viewing tower on Hill of The O’Neill which offers panoramic views of Ulster, from the Mournes to the Sperrins. The visitor can, thus, connect with the authentic story connected to this historic site, and gain both a sense of place and an understanding of the resonances that turbulent episodes in history have had on this region.
- Monday – Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
- Sunday: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
- Adults: £3.50
- Concession: £2.50
- Under-16s: Free