Seamus Heaney Homeplace – a purpose-built arts and literary centre.

The Seamus Heaney Homeplace is a purpose-built arts and literary centre, which echoes the life, literature and legacy of one of Ireland’s greatest writers with an interactive exhibition. Filled with personal stories and artefacts, family photos and the voice of the poet himself. Also on-site are performance space, library, education/ learning spaces, café, shop and annex for community use.

Developed by Mid Ulster District Council, Seamus Heaney HomePlace houses an interactive exhibition, arranged over two floors and filled with personal stories and artefacts, dozens of family photographs, video recordings from friends, neighbours, world leaders, cultural figures, and the voice of the poet himself. HomePlace also includes a recreation of the poet’s Dublin study. Through his poetry, the visitor will meet some of the people who inspired him and even Carlo, the family dog!

By stepping into Seamus Heaney HomePlace you step into a world of the boy who drew his inspiration from this landscape and from the people who had such an influence on Seamus Heaney.

See and hear for yourself on our video wall and touch screens how he is remembered by his family and friends – and how his work and friendship was valued by global and cultural figures.

  • Take a journey through Seamus Heaney’s life and literature
  • Through the poetry, meet some of the people who inspired him and feature in his work
  • See and hear for yourself on our video wall how he is remembered by his family, friends, and world leaders
  • Experience the place where he was rooted and from which he drew his inspiration
  • Step into an interpretation of Seamus Heaney’s attic study
  • Be inspired as you visit the exhibition where children and adults alike can quite literally ‘put their thinking caps’ to experiment with words and play
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Daily, year round
Mon to Sat 10:00–17:00
Sun 13:00–17:00
Last admission 16:00

Closed Dec 25 & 26 Jan 01 & Easter Sunday


Admission Prices 2018:

Adult (aged 17+): £7.00
Senior (aged 65+): £4.50
Child (aged 8-16 years): £4.50
Child (U8): Free

Family (2 Adults + 3 Children): £19.00

Useful Information

Check out facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free printed guides and audio guides available in English

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café on-site with seating for 64 customers. Additional seating in an adjacent room is available for larger groups.

SHOPPING: Books, local crafts, jewellery, Seamus Heaney HomePlace branded stationary, postcards. All items reflect Seamus Heaney and the local landscape.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. Assistance dogs permitted.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required. In-house catering available, for groups of 15 people or more we strongly advise you pre-book any refreshments.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available

Getting There

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is situated in the village of Bellaghy approximately two miles of the main Belfast to Derry Road (A6) which links the two cities. It is approximately 45 minutes from Belfast and Derry/ Londonderry.

Map Location: 54.807533, -6.521479
Contact Seamus Heaney Homeplace

45 Main Street, Bellaghy, Co. Derry, BT45 8HT, Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0)28 7938 7444
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