Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
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Visitor CentresSpeciality Museums
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Seamus Heaney, and explore through his words and imagination the people and place that so inspired him. Visit the multi-award-winning exhibition now.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Chris M
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Immersive Experience
    We were really looking forward to this part of our trip and it didn’t disappoint in any way. Great staff on the reception who knew the subject matter. The ability to listen to SH on an audio device on the tour was wonderful. I found the entire experience very moving indeed. We will be back for a concert one day. Highly recommended venue
    Dear Chris M Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your recent visit to HomePlace. We are delighted that you found it moving and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 11 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Cath C
    County Kerry, Ireland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for any fan of the written word
    When I found out we were staying 15 mins away from here I knew I had to visit, but I wasn't sure about bringing the kids along. I needn't have worried as there is a large activities area for Children to read or dress up or draw based on the themes of Heaney's poetry. This was staffed the day we visited by Louise, who was endlessly patient with the energies of a 6 and 3 year old. As their Dad stayed there with them that left me free to roam around and immerse myself in the exhibition. Add to that, kids under 7 get in free and adults were £10 each, so a very good value couple of hours out as a family. You get an audio handset when you enter, which as you go around you can listen to the appropriate poems for each section, all read by Heaney himself. Nothing quite compares to hearing a poet read their own work and it is quite special to see the stories and photos of the people and things that inspired them at the same time as hearing them. There is also an on site cafe which was reasonably priced and very tasty, and don't miss the sensory garden to the side of the building (past the allotments) where Heaney's poems are displayed next to the nature that inspired them.
    Dear cathc390 Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted that the children enjoyed their time in Creative Learning with Louise, allowing you to immerse yourself in the exhibition. I will pass on your positive comments to the cafe . We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 23 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • benh1692
    Diss, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss Seamus Heaney HomePlace - brilliant experience in a calm, quiet environment (with a fab cafe!)
    What a fabulous treat this visit was. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was brilliant. Loved every second. I'm not v knowledgable about Heaney but that didn't matter - it's such an informative and enjoyable experience. Set over two floors the first tells you about his life and family; the second about his inspiration. All very clearly set out with great interpretation boards but the real treat is the audio - at every stage there is an audio number. You turn your audio on and listen to Seamus Heaney's voice reciting the relevant poem. It's so brilliantly done. And there's a wonderful cafe so you can take a break at any point if you want to. And the reception staff were so welcoming and enthusiastic. Really recommend
    Dear benh1692 Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted that you found it to be an informative and enjoyable experience. and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 20 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • JMMD
    London, United Kingdom1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poet > guide?
    Wonderful that this exists - thank you. Gentle question: isn't the guide's introduction, however well-intended (and of course nothing personal) a banal, redundant, ironic reduction of the poetic to the prosaic? Perhaps save it for school groups only? Or put it on a wall somewhere? If a volunteer, maybe save it for those who ask? If paid, please possibly spend the money on a young poet? Thank you again. What a life-changing, oxygenating genius he was. RIP.
    Dear JMMD71 Thank you for the recent positive feedback and review of your time at Seamus Heaney HomePlace. In relation to the query on the introduction we provide to the exhibition, as I am sure you appreciate, we welcome visitors with a vast array of knowledge levels on Seamus Heaney and his work. We find this aspect of the experience is an opportunity for our guides to interact personally with our visitors and to provide context for the exhibition itself, especially for those with a limited knowledge of Seamus Heaney or indeed those encountering his work for the first time. We welcome your comments and will, as always, consider and review. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • CatIreland
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant visit.
    Visited here recently to go to an event in the Helicon. The centre and cafe is lovely, wish I’d allowed more time to look around. Only letdown is seating in the Helicon. It’s bench style and If it’s sold out, it is very cramped with very little room between everyone. A lovely venue, but not the most comfortable.
    Dear CatIreland Many thanks for taking the time to review your vsit and for your kind words on the facility and the cafe. On the seating issue, please be assured we are grateful for your feedback and we are striving to have comfort levels addressed. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, especially when you have more time to spend with us. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 5 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • John T
    Birmingham, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if you’re visiting Ireland
    Amazing place-if you know his work it’s a treasure and if you don’t it’s an education. Great use of old photos, maps and interactive exhibits to bring his work and life to life. Wonderful welcoming staff and a brilliant cafe! Thoroughly recommend a visit.
    Dear MidlandsEagle Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighed you enjoyed the photos, maps and interactive exhibits and will certainly pass on your comments to staff and cafe. We look forward to welcoming you back again, in the near fruture. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 8 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2024
  • brynsdad
    Chester, United Kingdom250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Words, Wisdom & Warmth
    We enjoyed a wonderful visit to Home Place. The layout, atmosphere and exhibits were a perfect way to discover more about the great man himself. Hearing his voice reading so many of his own poems was evocative and unusually moving. The team are all lovely people too - they really do make you feel at home with typical Northern Irish warmth and natural hospitality. We allowed 2 1/2 hours but could have stayed all day, it is a relaxed but inspirational place. A must if you are in Northern Ireland. My 94 year old Aunt visited last year and was enthralled - it really does feel like Seamus is talkning to you. A brilliantly accessible venue for our wheelchair too, bravo!
    Dear brynsdad Thank you for your lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted you found it to be relaxed but inspirational. Many people comment that being able to hear Seamus reading his own poetry is most definitely a higlight of the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you back again at HomePlace in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 6 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
  • GrahameT68
    Peterborough, United Kingdom146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A marvellous celebration of a great man and his work
    As a retired English teacher, I was very keen to come here having been recommended a visit by friends. I have to say it even exceeded my high expectations. So much to see and interact with, every aspect of Seamus Heaney's life and work was put into context in an extremely well designed and spacious centre. What a great man he was - and clearly loved by all who knew him. The staff here are knowledgeable and very helpful too. Thanks, Audrey! Very highly recommended.
    Dear GrahameT68 Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted that staff were knowledgeable and helpful and that you found HomePlace to be an extremely well designed and spacious centre. We look forward to welcoming you back again to HomePlace in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
    Written 6 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
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GrahameT68
Peterborough, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As a retired English teacher, I was very keen to come here having been recommended a visit by friends. I have to say it even exceeded my high expectations. So much to see and interact with, every aspect of Seamus Heaney's life and work was put into context in an extremely well designed and spacious centre. What a great man he was - and clearly loved by all who knew him. The staff here are knowledgeable and very helpful too. Thanks, Audrey!

Very highly recommended.
Written 25 April 2024
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Dear GrahameT68 Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted that staff were knowledgeable and helpful and that you found HomePlace to be an extremely well designed and spacious centre. We look forward to welcoming you back again to HomePlace in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 6 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

brynsdad
Chester, UK250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a wonderful visit to Home Place. The layout, atmosphere and exhibits were a perfect way to discover more about the great man himself. Hearing his voice reading so many of his own poems was evocative and unusually moving. The team are all lovely people too - they really do make you feel at home with typical Northern Irish warmth and natural hospitality. We allowed 2 1/2 hours but could have stayed all day, it is a relaxed but inspirational place. A must if you are in Northern Ireland. My 94 year old Aunt visited last year and was enthralled - it really does feel like Seamus is talkning to you. A brilliantly accessible venue for our wheelchair too, bravo!
Written 16 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear brynsdad Thank you for your lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted you found it to be relaxed but inspirational. Many people comment that being able to hear Seamus reading his own poetry is most definitely a higlight of the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you back again at HomePlace in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 6 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul L
Nenagh, Ireland71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This museum gives one an excellent insight into the mind and work of iconic Irish poet Seamus Heaney, both for those who wish to learn of his work for the first time and for established experts in his poetry. This museum is to be recommended for anybody.
Written 7 April 2024
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Dear Paul L Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We very much appreciate your recommendation for others to visit and look forard to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 8 April 2024
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Adventure36189305970
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a wonderful place for anyone interested in Seamus Heaney's life and work. The exhibitions are thoughtful and really immerse you. The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful too.
Written 1 April 2024
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Dear Adventure36189305970 Thank you for your review of your recent visit to HomePlace. We are deighted that you found the exhibition to be thoughtful and the staff friendly and helpful. We look forard to welcoming you back again. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 8 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John T
Birmingham, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing place-if you know his work it’s a treasure and if you don’t it’s an education.
Great use of old photos, maps and interactive exhibits to bring his work and life to life.
Wonderful welcoming staff and a brilliant cafe! Thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written 9 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear MidlandsEagle Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighed you enjoyed the photos, maps and interactive exhibits and will certainly pass on your comments to staff and cafe. We look forward to welcoming you back again, in the near fruture. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 8 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

CatIreland
Ireland14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Visited here recently to go to an event in the Helicon. The centre and cafe is lovely, wish I’d allowed more time to look around. Only letdown is seating in the Helicon. It’s bench style and If it’s sold out, it is very cramped with very little room between everyone. A lovely venue, but not the most comfortable.
Written 3 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear CatIreland Many thanks for taking the time to review your vsit and for your kind words on the facility and the cafe. On the seating issue, please be assured we are grateful for your feedback and we are striving to have comfort levels addressed. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, especially when you have more time to spend with us. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 5 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eddie Q
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Once in a lifetime visit just for the Historic aspect of seeing this great writer's home place.
Gives you an insight to his environment as a young boy.
Written 14 January 2024
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Dear Gastroboy123 Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your recent "once in a lifetime visit" to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 2 March 2024
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R G
Dublin, Ireland1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
A fitting to an iconic Irishman who's poetry proved the old saying true " The pen is mightier than the sword".
Written 20 September 2023
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Dear R G Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 5 October 2023
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Sightsee05331499480
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Amazing experience! I immersed myself in Seamus Heaney's world and to hear his voice recite his own poetry was so special. Thanks Sheila and Marie, you were wonderful hosts
Written 9 September 2023
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Dear Sightsee05331499480 Thank you for your lovely review of your recent visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Many people comment that listening to Seamus read his own poetry, on the audio wands provided, is the highlight of their visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 5 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JMMD
London, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wonderful that this exists - thank you. Gentle question: isn't the guide's introduction, however well-intended (and of course nothing personal) a banal, redundant, ironic reduction of the poetic to the prosaic? Perhaps save it for school groups only? Or put it on a wall somewhere? If a volunteer, maybe save it for those who ask? If paid, please possibly spend the money on a young poet? Thank you again. What a life-changing, oxygenating genius he was. RIP.
Written 16 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear JMMD71 Thank you for the recent positive feedback and review of your time at Seamus Heaney HomePlace. In relation to the query on the introduction we provide to the exhibition, as I am sure you appreciate, we welcome visitors with a vast array of knowledge levels on Seamus Heaney and his work. We find this aspect of the experience is an opportunity for our guides to interact personally with our visitors and to provide context for the exhibition itself, especially for those with a limited knowledge of Seamus Heaney or indeed those encountering his work for the first time. We welcome your comments and will, as always, consider and review. Kind Regards Shirley McMurray
Written 3 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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