Seamus Heaney - A Private Journey Through the Poet's HomeGround

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This is an intimate and emotional journey through the landscapes and places that inspired the Nobel Prize Winning Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. You will be guided through your experience by Fergal Kearney, who knew the poet personally and has many stories to tell of these inspiring moments.

This is a private experience by private luxury vehicle and will take you to many places referenced in Seamus' many poetry collections, most of which are known only...
This is an intimate and emotional journey through the landscapes and places that inspired the Nobel Prize Winning Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. You will be guided through your experience by Fergal Kearney, who knew the poet personally and has many stories to tell of these inspiring moments.

This is a private experience by private luxury vehicle and will take you to many places referenced in Seamus' many poetry collections, most of which are known only to your guide. Those who have taken this journey with us have often been overwhelmed by the beauty and complexity of Seamus' writing, read aloud to you by your guide in the very places that inspired them.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing Seamus Heaney' HomeGround. It will be an unforgettable experience.
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Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Queen's University, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

The University where Seamus Heaney was awarded a first class honours degree in English and where he was a lecturer in the 1960s. The University has named a library in his honour.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Crosskeys Inn, 40 Grange Rd, Toomebridge, Antrim BT41 3QB, UK

Visit Ireland's oldest thatched pub which has been on this spot since 1654. Enjoy the ambience of this ancient public house, frequently visited by Seamus Heaney and enjoy a bird's eye view of his beloved South Derry.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bellaghy Bawn, 27 Castle Street, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8LA Northern Ireland

This 17th Century fortified house is a major historical feature in Seamus Heaney's native Bellaghy and hosted the original Seamus Heaney exhibition. Learn about the defining moment in Irish...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Queen's University, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

The University where Seamus Heaney was awarded a first class honours degree in English and where he was a lecturer in the 1960s. The University has named a library in his honour.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Crosskeys Inn, 40 Grange Rd, Toomebridge, Antrim BT41 3QB, UK

Visit Ireland's oldest thatched pub which has been on this spot since 1654. Enjoy the ambience of this ancient public house, frequently visited by Seamus Heaney and enjoy a bird's eye view of his beloved South Derry.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bellaghy Bawn, 27 Castle Street, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8LA Northern Ireland

This 17th Century fortified house is a major historical feature in Seamus Heaney's native Bellaghy and hosted the original Seamus Heaney exhibition. Learn about the defining moment in Irish history that still resonates with us today.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main St, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8HT, UK

You will visit the key sites in the area that inspired some of the Poet's most famous poems: - The Forge at Hillhead; The Strand at Lough Beg; Toner's Bog; Lagan's Road; Anahorish; River Moyola and others.

Then spend the afternoon at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace where you can follow his life's journey and listen to the poet read his own work.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 25 Ballynease Road, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8JS Northern Ireland

When Seamus Heaney died unexpectedly in August 2013, many were surprised that he chose his native Bellaghy as his final resting place, rather than Dublin where he had spent most of his adult life. It is fitting that he is buried here 'in the shadow of the beech in the elbow of the stone wall', looking out over his beloved South Derry.

Duration: 15 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Entry/Admission - The Crosskeys Inn
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Bellaghy Bawn
  • Entry/Admission - Queen's University
  • Entry/Admission - St Mary's Roman Catholic Church
  • Snacks
  • Soda/Pop
  • Entry/Admission - Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Not Included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from all Northern Ireland Hotels. Pick up from AirBnB and Bed and Breakfast/Guesthouse. Pick up from Self Catering and Caravan and Camping site.

Ports

  • Belfast International Airport
  • Belfast City Airport
  • Belfast Cruise Terminal
  • Londonderry Cruise Terminal


11:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.