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Historical Hill Passes A Modern Milestone as it Reopens to Visitors

The Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House is a site which has seen many moments of history across millennia, not least this week, as today, Friday 31 July, sees the reopening of the site following its closure as a precaution against COVID-19.

The Mid Ulster District Council facility has reopened with a series of changes to the experience. New arrangements have been put in place to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, health and safety as the facility welcomed its first visitors back since March of his year.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan, in attendance to officially reopen the facility said,

“The reopening of such a historically significant visitor attraction is a welcome milestone in the continuing progress of our recovery. As well as providing another boost to the economic recovery of the Mid Ulster region, we are pleased to once again support and showcase one of the unique heritage sites that makes the area so special to live in and visit.”

Visitors will be able to avail of more intimate tours of the historically significant site as a maximum of five people only will be allowed on each tour. Larger family, household and bubble groups can be accommodated, and for individuals and groups, pre-booking will be essential.

On site, a one-way system will be in place and outdoor areas have been enhanced, providing the perfect spot for a family picnic, or a stop on a walk through the heritage park, or on your journey along the Earl’s Trail. The 360-degree viewing tower is also accessible, with seven of the nine counties of the province of Ulster clearly visible, offering up spectacular views of landmarks including Lough Neagh, the Mourne mountains, and the Sperrins.

To book a tour, or for further information, visit, telephone 028 8772 8600, or search Hill of The Neill and Ranfurly House on social media.

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