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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.
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.
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Gift Shop
- Guided Tours Available
- Cater for vegetarians
- 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
- 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
- Visitor information
- Wi-fi available
- Booking Required
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Coach parking
- Frequent bus services
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
Travel & Trade
- Family Discount
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child (8-16)||£6.50 activity|
|Child (under 7)||Free|
|Family (2 adults 3 children)||£24.00 activity|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace – read by Liam Neeson