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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.
In Seamus Heaney HomePlace, visitors can open a window onto 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.
HomePlace also boasts a 191-seat performance space - The Helicon–which forms the focal point for a world class multi- arts programme consisting of a talks, classes, workshops, readings and music recitals, all with Seamus Heaney’s work at the core. In addition, there a library space filled with biographies, fiction, and works by fellow poets and authors, all donated directly from the poet’s Dublin home, with education and learning spaces, a café, and gift shop also available.
- 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
Closed: December 25 and 26 and January 1 and Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018)
Last Admission: 16:00hrs
Approx. visit duration: 90 - 120 minutes
Child (aged 8-16): £4.50
Child (under 8) Free
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £19.00
Free admission for essential companions and care givers
Other Useful Information
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.
Books, local crafts, jewellery, Seamus Heaney HomePlace branded stationary, postcards. All items reflect Seamus Heaney and the local landscape.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. Assistance dogs permitted.
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.
Free Wi-Fi available
Conferences and Meetingsread more
Seamus Heaney HomePlace can accommodate meetings and conferences. Its large room can accommodate up to 191 people. There are 3 breakout rooms available, with 2 additional rooms in annex building. The centre provides in-house catering.
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.Seamus Heaney HomePlace Nearby Attractions