Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre
Dungannon’s visitor attraction houses a visitor information service, an arts centre and a permanent multi media interpretative exhibition area narrates the story of the Flight of The Earls and Plantation of Ulster.
A performance area ‘The Square Box’ is located on the upper ground floor and can seat 90 people theatre style, a retractable seating system affords an option of cabaret style seating for a smaller intimate performances.
An Arts studio is located on the first floor which can be used for meetings and art activity classes.
The second floor houses a conference room overlooking HILL of THE O’NEILL that can seat 75 people theatre style or 32 people seated at tables.
A temporary arts exhibition area on the same floor showcases a different exhibition each month
An education programme for schools and colleges linked to the exhibition can be accessed through the Education Officer.
The gateway to HILL of THE O’NEILL public park and wonderful panarama views can also be accessed from the top floor.
Click here for further details on all events in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre and on the Hill of The O’Neill.
Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre
Market Square, Dungannon
T: +44 (0)28 8772 8600
Hill Of The O’Neill
Located at the top of Market Square, Dungannon and nestled in behind Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre is The Public Heritage Park, Hill of The O’Neill . Visitors are invited to take a personally guided tour of the park and learn about tales of intrigue and exile, fascinating journeys and battle stories, while taking in the spectacular views of at least seven counties from this ancient site of the HILL of THE O’NEILL.
Learn about the medieval Spring Well located on the hill depicted in Richard Bartletts map of 1602. This particular well would have been used for hundreds of years, probably from the time when Geanainn the Druid first occupied this famous site and gave his name to Dungannon and certainly during the period when it was occupied by O’Neill.
The boundary wall surrounding the hill is a listed monument dating from the late 1700’s and the remains of a regency mock house on the hilltop once owned by Thomas Knox Hannyngton remains on the Hill today.
The park is open 6 days a week from October to April 9.00 am – 5.00pm.
May- September open 7 days a week 9.00am – 9.00pm.
Free entry on to the Hill can be accessed through the Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre or via the main entrance located at the top of Castle Street to the left of Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre.Read More...
Ranfurly House & Hill of The O’Neill– Educational Programme open to schools
History On The Hill – this is a Heritage Education programme designed specifically for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, providing opportunities for the study of a series of local historical events which had international consequences and which still cause resonances to this day.
Pupils can visit the Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre and meet living history characters from the 16th century, followed by a guided tour of the permanent exhibition on The Flight of The Earls and The Plantation of Ulster (KS1 pupils will have the history of this era narrated to them through the medium of a Big Book, while KS2 pupils will use specially created booklets in their study of the exhibition). Pupils will then explore the Hill of The O’Neill, the ancient site of the castle of the O’Neills. This will be followed by either a puppet show (KS1), or a drama workshop (KS2), which deals with the historical themes found in the exhibition.
• Suitable for KS1 (P3) and KS2 pupils
• One 3 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am, with a 20 minute mid-morning break
• Living history and drama/puppetry facilitated by BEAM Educational Drama
Subject Area: – The Victorian Bank Manager’s Children
The year is 1870, the Manager of the Dungannon branch of the Belfast Banking Company is Mr Pentland, and the visiting pupils are the friends of Mr Pentland’s daughters, Eliza and Louise.
They will meet Miss Acheson, the governess to Eliza and Louise, who will take them on a guided tour of the building (now known as Ranfurly House) while pointing out the Victorian features of this bank. She will then teach them in a Victorian classroom.
There will be two one hour living history sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This event is suitable for KS2 pupils.
Subject Area: A Celebration of World Book Day
“Under The Hawthorn Tree” by Marita Conlon McKenna is the stimulus for this Heritage Education programme, which is produced in collaboration with Dungannon Library.
Pupils carry out an investigation into the history of Dungannon Workhouse in the Library, then they are admitted into the workhouse in Ranfurly House where they meet Mrs McKinley, the formidable matron of the workhouse.
• This event is suitable for KS2 pupils.
• Each session starts at 10.00 am and lasts for two hours.
Dungannon Park is a seventy-acre oasis centred round an idyllic stillwater lake with waterfall and dam. The magnificent scenery invites spending your leisure time, whether you are a resident of the borough, or a visitor from anywhere in the world.
Be dazzled by the colourful floral displays throughout the seasons from the spring daffodils and rhododendrons to the russets of autumn. Watch the swans on the lake and explore the miles of interesting pathways that surround the parkland. Take advantage of the many facilities that the park has to offer from the children’s play and picnic areas to the orienteering trail, tennis courts, barbeque site, football pitches, cricket, caravan park and game water fly fishery. A warm welcome awaits you at Dungannon Park with friendly staff at your service.
Dungannon Park is a small touring park amidst a 70 acre parkland. Surrounding an idyllic stillwater lake, the site is located in the heartland of Ulster, perfectly positioned for exploring Ulster from a central base. The site has an excellent range of facilities incorporating a gamewater fly fishery, tennis courts, treasure trail, orienteering trail, football & cricket pitches, a children’s play area, barbeque and picnic sites. Walkers can enjoy the miles of interesting pathways that circle the parkland, which from high ground have splendid viewpoints of Dungannon Town and the surrounding countryside. The modern visitor amenity caters for an extensive range of needs with splendid sanitary facilities, television lounge and laundry facility.
This small woodland is located a short distance from the town centre. Interesting features are the reconstructed high tower and small duck pond. The paths wind their way through the wood finishing at the picnic area.
Close to Dungannon Bus Station take time out at Railway Park. This follows the linear route of the old railway. The railway theme is very much evident as gentle paths wind their way through the grounds.
Dungannon Leisure Centre
Dungannon Leisure Centre offers a diverse range of activities and facilities for all the family. Whether your interest is fitness, squash or swimming the leisure centre can offer something to suit your needs. The centre’s facilities include a 700 sq/m sports hall, fully equipped fitness studio, free weights area, 25m pool, 10m minor pool, squash court, steam room and sauna.
A wide range of courses and classes are available including aerobics, circuit training, swimming lessons for adults and children as well as a range of spin classes.
Dungannon Leisure Centre
Circular Road, Dungannon
Co Tyrone, BT71 6DT
T: +44 (0)28 8772 0370
F: +44 (0)28 8772 0380
Dungannon Golf Club
Dungannon Golf Club is an 18 hole Parkland Course founded in 1890 and is one of the original founder clubs of the Golfing Union of Ireland. Dungannon is also home to Irelands’ Darren Clarke, the 2011 Open Champion and it was Darren, a former member and now an Honorary Life Member, who officially opened the new Clubhouse back in June 2000. At this time the Club reconstructed three holes to tighten the course and make it a greater challenge to the average golfer. One of these new holes, the signature 9th is now called the “Darren Clarke” which features a fairly narrow, ribbon-like crescent shaped green which is completely protected from the tee by a pond.
34 Springfield Lane, Dungannon
Co Tyrone BT70 1QX
T: +44 (0)28 8772 2098
F: +44 (0)28 8772 7338
The Linen Green
Go shopping for some of the greatest designer clothing, giftware shops and factory outlets in this paradise for all shopalcoholics on the site of the famous Linen Mills. The complex includes Anne Storey, Boudoir, Bedeck, Ulster Weavers Gift & Fabric Store, Foxford, Panache Shoes, The Lingerie Room, Pavers Shoes and many more. There is a range of coffee shops and restaurants available on site. Coach parties welcome – please pre-book for food.
The Linen Green
Main Road, Moygashel
Co Tyrone, BT71 7HB
T: 028 8775 3761