In the Footsteps of Seamus Heaney Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Belfast

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PLEASE NOTE THE QUOTED PRICE IS PER VEHICLE AND NOT PER PERSON. THIS BOOKING IS SUITED TO 2 or 3 TRAVELLERS. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney on this private 8-hour tour from Belfast. Discover the work of the great Irish writer as you explore his home county of South Derry, Northern Ireland; visit locations made famous in his poetry; tour the newly opened Seamus Heaney HomePlace museum, and visit Heaney’s resting place in Bellaghy Graveyard.Whether you’re a Seamus Heaney novice or a scholar of his body of work, this tour will be intimate, moving and arresting in equal measure, delivered with the characteristic humour, knowledge and subtlety of a fellow Bellaghy native.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Queen's University, Belfast, Northern IrelandDiscover Seamus Heaney's deep connections with the historic Queen's University where he spent time as both student and teacher and where his poetic life began.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: The Crosskeys InnIreland’s oldest thatched pub and famous traditional music venue. A traditional Irish pub dating back to 1654 and a regular haunt of the poet. On the way you will enjoy a panoramic view of Seamus Heaney's South Derry with his beloved Lough Neagh and Lough Beg in full view.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lough Neagh, County Antrim, Northern IrelandCaptured beautifully in Seamus Heaney's 'Lough Neagh Sequence', the largest inland lake in Britain and Ireland offers a fascinating history and heritage on its northern shores.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bellaghy BawnAn original 17th Century castle, Bellaghy Bawn has been restored as a visitor centre telling the history, culture and environmental heritage of the area which fascinated Seamus Heaney throughout his life. Here you can also enjoy a unique film featuring Seamus, where he talks movingly about his love of the area.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern IrelandSeamus Heaney HomePlace honours the poet’s brilliance with all kinds of creative and literary events, video recordings from friends, world leaders and, of course, the dulcet voice of the poet himself. You will then visit the poet's final resting place in Bellaghy Graveyard.Duration: 2 hours

What’s included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Seamus Heaney HomePlace

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide