Walking Tour Of Seamus Heaney's Bellaghy

From USD 18.13
Per Person
Instant ConfirmationLowest Price Guaranteed

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Start times:, 11.45am (with optional visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace at 10am or optional lunch at 1.45pm), 2.15pm (with optional visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace at 12.30pm or optional lunch at 12.30.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    All tours will depart from the main entrance outside Seamus Heaney HomePlace


Welcome to the definitive walking tour of Seamus Heaneys Bellaghy. Having known and worked with Seamus Heaney over many years and having grown up in the same fields and lanes and knowing the same people in his native Bellaghy, your guide Fergal Kearney is uniquely placed to follow in the footsteps of the great man and to share the poets home placethrough his own eyes. This is no strangers view of the poet in his place, but that of a generation that has been powerfully influenced by Seamus Heaney and known him personally over many years.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • All entrance fees included

Know More about this tour

The tour itinerary is the same whether or not you take optional extras.

Your tour starts at the Turf Man Sculpture at Bellaghy Bawn where you will hear the enchanting tale of how this bend in the road changed Seamus Heaneys life forever. Next will be to the Wolfe Tones Gaelic Athletic Association Club where you get to understand the powerful influence of gaelic games on the life of the community and how the local GAA celebrated Seamus Heaneys winning of the Nobel Prize for literature.

A short walk will take you back to Castle Street where you will learn of the long history of this roadway that dates from 1612 and one of the most tumultous times in Irish history. You will also hear from Seamus Heaney himself through the poetry where he recalls the cattle market here.

Your next stop will be at the sculpture in William Street, the outcome of a Bellaghy Womens Group project to celebrate the working life of women in the area over the years. Youll also hear the frightful tale of the strange goings-on in the old shirt factory across the way!

You will then make your way up the stair head one of Bellaghys oldest features on your way down William Street towards St Marys Church and graveyard, where Seamus Heaney lies at rest. On the way youll hear about some of the characters from Bellaghys history and the old rectory, sadly now lying empty on the villages edge.

On arrival at St Marys, you will hear the history of this 19th century Roman Catholic Church and how it has played a pivotal role in the long and sometimes troubled history of Bellaghy. You can sign the visitors book in Seamus Heaneys memory here, before making your way to the poets final resting place in the elbow to the stone wall and the oak tree.

After walking back up through Bellaghy, you will hear the history of St Taoides Church of Ireland, the Manor House and Police Station before finishing with a tour of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace (you can alternatively start your trip with a HomePlace visit).


  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Tour escort/host


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. WIll not operate in extreme weather

If canceled due to extreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund