Seamus Heaney HomePlace


Contact Details

45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT

Step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace and be inspired by a journey through the life and literature of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Visit our stunning interactive exhibition, packed with hundreds of personal stories, photographs and artefacts, and filled with the voice of the poet himself.

Discover the people who inspired him: his mother, his father, his brother Hugh, his neighbour at The Forge, Barney Devlin, his wife, Marie, his children, Michael, Christopher and Catherine, his grandchildren and even Carlo, the family dog!

Explore the places of his childhood and formative years - Anahorish, Mossbawn, Broagh, Toomebridge, Lagan’s Road - and through words and images understand why Seamus Heaney’s poetry inspires such emotion in readers globally.

See and hear for yourself on our video walls and touch screens how Seamus Heaney is remembered by his family and friends, as well as by global cultural figures. Experience the reaction to the award of his Nobel Prize in 1995 in a specially created film which is screened in a tucked-away attic study – reminiscent of Seamus Heaney’s own Dublin study and complete with some of the personal items which surrounded him while he worked there.

Learn about the words, rhythm and rhyme which have made Seamus Heaney the most widely published poet in the English language – and a literary phenomenon translated into multiple languages from Spanish to Japanese. Visit our library, now home to hundreds of books from Seamus Heaney’s own collection, donated by his family.

Dress up, write, draw, colour, craft, make, read! You’ll love our creative zone, with a dedicated creative team on hand to help you release your inner artist!

Check out our events programme and enjoy theatre, music, song, poetry, readings, talks and workshops, all inspired by the life and literature of Seamus Heaney.

Opening times

Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 Sunday 13:00 -17:00 Open in the evening for events


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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