Seamus Heaney HomePlace


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45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT

Discover a place made of words, and words made of a place.

Step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and discover the world-renowned poet in his beloved hometown. Journey through the life and works of this literary giant, greatly valued locally for his decency and humility, and experience the place, the people and the landscape that so inspired his work.

Here, you’ll see Heaney’s leather school satchel and his wooden desk from Anahorish Primary School, handwritten transcripts from the poet, and books donated by the Heaney family.

You’ll learn about the people who were integral to his life and poetry: his family, Barney Devlin at The Forge, and many others from the area.

You’ll also find yourself immersed in the multi-award-winning exhibition’s audio-visual displays - on the video wall, you’ll see and listen to reflections from family, friends and leading figures such as former US President Bill Clinton and U2 frontman Bono.

The HomePlace’s ‘word-hoard’ celebrates the language Heaney used within his poetry, giving insight into local dialect and his use of it.

Elsewhere, step into the centre’s interpretation of his attic study, and watch the emotional reactions of Heaney, his family and friends when he won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature for "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth".

You can’t fail to be moved by this emotional journey and the beauty of poems such as Digging and Mid-Term Break, not to mention Heaney’s evocative description of the simplest tasks, from turf-cutting to potato peeling.

Step outside, into the fresh local air, and the very landscape that inspired him, in a new aspect of the experience. You will soon be able to explore the region in a unique way, through creative interpretation, audio devices, sculptural pieces and augmented reality, engaging your senses in a tangible and immersive way.

The emotional connection felt here – whether it’s in discovering Heaney's work for the first time, or as an avid reader of his poetry - is evidence of the truly unique, authentic and welcoming spirit of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Opening times

11:00 – 17:00 Monday – Saturday


Adult £7, Children 8+ £4.50 Children 7 and under free Concession £4.50 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £19

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