Visit the Home of Seamus Heaney

Visit the home of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, where he spent his formative years. So much of Heaney’s writing deals with childhood, so embrace this unique opportunity to visit where he himself grew up. Discover how the Bellaghy area was a constant influence and inspiration throughout his life and explore anew Heaney’s expert use of words, rhythm and rhyme.

“I had my existence. I was there.
Me in place and the place in me.”
– A Herbal, Seamus Heaney

Born in County Londonderry in 1939, Seamus Heaney went on to become one of the world’s most famous and beloved poets. Located only a few hundred yards from his final resting place at St Mary’s Church, you can now visit his home and go on an inspiring journey through the life of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Is it suitable for kids?

There are plenty of activities for your kids to get up to. Using Heaney's writing as inspiration to fuel their imaginations, they can get hands on with various arts and crafts activities on offer.

Lose yourself in the warm environment of this fascinating, self-guided exhibition featuring poetry, photographs and stories. Explore the library displaying hundreds of books once owned by the poet himself, including some of his favourite writers. Go on a uniquely intimate journey to the locations linking the landscape and the literature. Read Heaney’s poem ‘The Strand and Lough Beg’, then visit the real Lough Beg, where his family’s cattle once grazed. Or walk the Moyola River, like a young Seamus Heaney would do as a child, while reflecting on his poem ‘A New Song’.

Typically lasting an hour and a half, the site is open Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 5:00. Or Sunday 1:00 to 5:00. Tickets must be booked online.

  • Adult – £7.00
  • Children (7 and under) – Free!
  • Children (8 and over) – £4.50
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) – £19.00
  • Concession – £4.50

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