Seamus Heaney Home

The Back Yard

We love welcoming young people on school trips to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. We’ve created an educational programme that takes the poetry of Seamus Heaney as its starting point, but will also take your pupils on a journey through living history, science and creative writing.

The education programme at Seamus Heaney HomePlace is where we use Heaney’s words to inspire the next generation to explore poetry, the world around them and their own creativity.

Our education team focuses on fun, practical activities that introduce young people to Seamus Heaney’s poetry through engaging, enjoyable and educational activities, which all take place in the exciting creative hub that is HomePlace.

For secondary, further and higher education students, we deliver creative writing programmes, lectures and panel discussions that are closely tied to examination assessment objectives.

If you’re planning a school trip or educational visit in Northern Ireland, or if you’re coming on an international school trip to Ireland, get in touch to plan the perfect itinerary for your curriculum.

Outdoor sensory experiences in The Back Yard

Take your pupils on a multi-sensory exploration of Seamus Heaney’s poetry in The Back Yard, a self-contained educational and recreational garden space that forms part of HomePlace.

With Braille signs, interactive pens that play Seamus Heaney poems, a fully functioning water well and an array of plants and flowers, The Back Yard is equipped with sights, smells and sounds to give students an introduction to poetry that engages many of their senses.

A visit to The Back Yard will also help young people to develop their understanding of the natural world, which features so prominently in many of Seamus Heaney’s poems.

Seamus Heaney Home

Excellent experience! Very personable and professional staff. Outstanding lecture! We will be back

St Patrick’ College, Banbridge

Lecture was really excellent- wonderfully pitched- students were really impressed.

Methodist College

Excellent experience for all pupils. Staff were phenomenal. Very helpful, very easy and well thought through experience

St Patrick’s Keady

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace

If you would like to arrange a visit to HomePlace for your pupils or if you have questions about visiting, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

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