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Places to Visit

Stunning landscapes, historic houses, and local people… step into the range of things to do and see in the area that complement HomePlace perfectly.

Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House, Dungannon

Ranfurly House is an impressive Victorian building located in Dungannon and gateway to the ancient site of Hill of The O’Neill.  Hill of The O’Neill is one of the most important heritage sites in Ireland with breath taking panoramic views over seven of the nine counties of Ulster.  This location has been the site of castles, barracks, and seats of power for thousands of years. It is from this very hilltop that The O’Neill dynasty, perhaps one of the greatest of the Irish clans ruled for more than 300 years.

The Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Cookstown

The Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre is a 350-seat regional theatre situated in Cookstown in the heart of Mid Ulster.  Acting as a focal point for arts and cultural activity in the area, the centre offers a comprehensive programme of events, performances, workshops, and exhibitions.  A Visitor Information Centre operates from Box Office on the ground floor and there is a licensed bar on-site where visitors can enjoy a pre-show, interval, or post-show drink.   The auditorium, studio space or exhibition area can be hired to host performances, conferences, meetings, or any events with packages to suit all tastes and budgets.  A dedicated Events Team, which includes experienced technical staff ensure events run smoothly and that all requirements are met in a professional and timely manner.

OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory
A lack of light pollution at Davagh Forest means the night sky is at its darkest – and at its best to really see the stars.
Here you will experience unrivalled and wondrous views of the night sky, one of only 78 places around the globe with official International Dark Sky accreditation.

Lough Neagh Eel Fishery, Toomebridge
Visit the largest commercial wild eel fishery in Europe. A visually captivating exhibition showcases the heritage of eel fishing on Lough Neagh, the legend and folklore of the lough, and the mystique of eels and other indigenous fish.

Lough Neagh Tours
Get an introduction to the folklore, flora and fauna of the hinterland of the largest lake in the UK and Ireland. Whether you want to visit unspoiled wilderness, islands, thatched cottages or artisan food and drink producers, there is a tour for you.

Walled Garden, Maghera
Relax within the impressive stone walls of a restored Victorian garden on the grounds of a medieval royal dwelling and ancient monastery. Wander around fruit trees, a herb garden, vegetable beds and a wild flower meadow.

Boutique shopping, Magherafelt
The town of Magherafelt is home to a number of independent retailers selling clothing, jewellery, gifts and homeware and other items. Shop for something special or just enjoy a dander around the boutiques.

Lissan House, Cookstown
Tour this spectacular 17th century country house to travel through more than 400 years of history, or venture through the ancient woodland, forest trails and riverside paths of its 267-acre estate.

Killymoon Castle, Cookstown
Designed by renowned Regency era architect John Nash, the asymmetrical Killymoon Castle features both round and square towers. Inside you can take a guided tour of the Regency Gothic rooms.

Tullaghoge Fort, Cookstown
Take a hilltop walk and admire stunning views while exploring this fort, which was a place of royal power in the 11th century. The site comprises an embanked enclosure, separated from an outer embankment by an area of flat land.

Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown
This early Bronze Age complex of seven stone circles and cairns was uncovered during peat cutting in the 1940s. Some are burial sites, while others may relate to the solstice or soil fertility rituals. The complex also includes Neolithic structures.