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Seamus Heaney HomePlace

45 Main Street, Bellaghy, County Derry, BT45 8HT
  • A couple converse in front of a sketch of Heaney

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This is a special place. A moving place. An inspirational place.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace takes you on an inspiring journey through the life and work of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Situated between Seamus Heaney’s two childhood homes at Mossbawn and The Wood, and only a few hundred yards from St Mary’s Church, Bellaghy, which he chose as his final resting place, HomePlace is at the heart of the area that inspired so much of the poet’s work.

It’s a place where you can sense the warmth of Heaney’s relationships with local people and landscapes; where you can immerse yourself in the Nobel Laureate’s literature.

Seamus Heaney’s distinctive voice guides you through the exhibition as you get to know the people and places that inspired him. Atmospheric video projections and touchscreen displays sit alongside precious items donated by the Heaney family.

Seamus Heaney’s ink-stained wooden desk from Anahorish Primary School, a recreation of his study in Dublin and the fax machine that delivered the news when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, are among the artefacts that transport you to each momentous moment in time.

Open Ground 

Explore locations linking the landscape and the literature of Seamus Heaney. Venture out to Open Ground, a series of five locations which held great significance for Seamus Heaney.

Discover places that shaped Seamus Heaney’s life and literature  — Toomebridge, Magherafelt, Moyola River, Lough Beg and Bellaghy Bawn  — and discover the smells, sights and sounds that make his poetry so uniquely of this place.

Seamus Heaney’s roots were in the Bellaghy area and many of his poems are equally rooted in these places. Throughout his career, he regularly drew upon the loughs, rivers and bogs he visited in his formative years.

Many of these places are unchanged and unspoilt since the time Heaney wrote about them, allowing you to see them for yourself through the poet’s eyes. Read Heaney’s work in the context in which it was inspired and see how the places of Open Ground are reflected in his writing.

Winner of NI’s Most Innovative Business (Large) at Tourism Northern Ireland's Giant Spirit Awards 2022.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available

Catering

  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Licensed
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Highchairs Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Family Fun
  • First Aid
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking
  • Self guided walks/cycle rides
  • Shop
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information
  • Wi-fi available
  • Workshop

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Frequent bus services
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount
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Events

Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

Image of hand-made Christmas star decorationCreative Zone Christmas WorkshopsJoin us in the Creative Zone at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy this festive season for some fun and engaging Christmas workshops!
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Saturday, 17th December 2022 - Saturday, 17th December 2022

Photo of girl painting at an Art easel Christmas Craft and Play WorkshopsEnjoy a range of Christmas Craft and Play activities at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy this festive season!
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Wednesday, 28th December 2022 - Wednesday, 28th December 2022

Thursday, 29th December 2022 - Thursday, 29th December 2022

Photo of the Strand at Lough Beg at sunsetOpen Ground Christmas Guided ExperienceOpen Ground is a unique visitor experience offered by Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy the experience is centred on five locations that shaped Seamus Heaney's life and literature
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Saturday, 28th January 2023 - Saturday, 28th January 2023

Photo of Lisa Hannigan singing in to a micSo Sing On with Lisa HanniganSo Sing On with Lisa Hannigan at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy
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Opening Times

* Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (last admission to exhibition is 4pm).
Sunday 1pm - 5pm (last admission to exhibition is 4pm).

What's Nearby

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