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Address: Drumcliffe Churchyard, Drumcliff, Ireland
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Final resting place

"Cast a cold eye on life, on death horseman pass by" we stopped to see W. B. Yeats final resting place

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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

"Cast a cold eye on life, on death horseman pass by" we stopped to see W. B. Yeats final resting place

Thank ebur104075
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon Yeats' grave while traveling to see the Sligo Abbey. Let me say that we spent much more time at Yeats' grave site than at Sligo Abbey. The church here is beautiful and the stories about Yeats' life are worth reading up on. His poetry is stunning and the view of Ben Bulben is gorgeous. There's also an... More 

Thank Leanna P
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

W.B. Yeats and his wife George are buried in the cemetary located in St. Columba's parish church in Drumcliffe. Benbulbin Mountain overlooks the church. Entrance is free, however, leave a small donation. Look out for the bronze statue with his poem dedicated to Eve Gore-Booth (unrequited love, as Eve was a lesbian).

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In grey, blustery weather, we visited W. B. Yeats’s grave in the churchyard of St. Columba’s, where his great-grandfather had been rector. Set among dozens of other graves, the tombstone was a simple rectangle of polished granite, about four feet high; the inscription included his lines “Cast a cold eye on life, on death./ Horseman pass by.” Yeats’s wife, Georgie,... More 

Thank Sandy S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This is well worth stopping at, you can see Benbulben looming beyond the headstone of the man it inspired so much. There is a terrific tearoom/gift shop with toilet and very friendly staff. They acomodated the group I brought (40 high school kids) without batting an eyelid.

Thank D M
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 559 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This is hard to review, the grave itself alone is not what I'm getting at here by giving it 5 stars, it's the whole experience- the church which is so quaint and pretty, the peaceful Cemetery with stunning views of Ben Bulben, the round tower and high Cross, the little arts centre and cafes. All wonderful. Yeats was a brilliant... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Ballymena, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

What can you say about visiting a grave - it is there and near the door of the church and is well marked for all to see.

Thank HeatherandDoug
Shawnee, Kansas
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The cemetery was very ornate at times and common at other times. It was a nice tribute to an amazing writer.

Thank lecuru
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Not much to this tourist attraction as yes it is a graveyard. BUT for those who follow Yeats and his poems it is a lovely sentiment to stop and pay your respect for a great man. "Cast a cold eye on life and death horse passes by". Parking small. There is also a beautiful cafe at the entrance to stop... More 

Thank DSMC16
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

How lovely it was to find this beautiful church nestled up in the hilly countryside and to discover it was the grave site of Yeats. What a beautiful place.

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