Bellaghy Bawn

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
Built around 1619 by Sir Baptist Jones, Bellaghy Bawn is a fortified house and bawn (the defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house). What exists today is a mix of various building styles from different periods with the main house lived in until 1987.

The late Seamus Heaney was a local Nobel Laureate and Bellaghy Bawn, which was opened to the public in 1996, has resources on site including a film made for the bawn as well as a collection of his broadcasts. There are also exhibitions on local natural history, local history and Seamus Heaney’s poetry.

Wheelchair access is limited.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

5th September - 31st October 2014:-

Wednesday - 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday - 12:00 - 16:00pm

1st November 2014 Onwards:-

Open Sunday Only - 12:00 - 16:00

2015 spring /summer opening times will be published closer to the time.


Admission free throughout the year

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Magherafelt Tourist Information Centre

Location / Directions

Getting there
Bellaghy Bawn is situated two miles off the main Belfast to Londonderry road (A6). Turn right onto the B182/Deerpark Road signposted Bellaghy and continue to follow the B182 to Bellaghy. Bellaghy Bawn is the large white house on the hill to your left as you enter the town.
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Contact Details

Castle Street
BT45 8LA

Tel: (028) 7938 6812