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Highgate Cemetery

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Address: Swains Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
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+44 20 8340 1834
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has...

Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peaceful contemplation where trees, memorials and wildlife flourish.

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Very interesting cemetery to visit

I used to live very close to this cemetery in the eighties before moving away from London. Back then, the cemetery was open for anyone to wander around but was very overgrown so... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Keith H
Old Cleeve, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to live very close to this cemetery in the eighties before moving away from London. Back then, the cemetery was open for anyone to wander around but was very overgrown so it was lovely to see how much work has been done to restore it and worth paying the admission fee.

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Wilmington, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highgate was a principal location (although you could almost consider it a "character") in the book "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Her description of the cemetery was so compelling that I was determined to see it on my next visit to London. The visit did take some planning and perseverance. You can only visit the East Cemetery with official... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my husband spent the weekend in London for the new year celebrations. After the hustle and bustle of New Years eve my daughter suggested we visit Highgate cemetery. There is a small entry charge £4 which is worth it! What an absolutely lovely place I've never seen anything quite like it. We had a very peaceful stroll around... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The West Cemetery can only be accessed by a guided tour. The East Cemetery is self-guided. We mainly went to Highgate to see the tomb of Karl Marx but there are other notable people buried such as Herbert Spencer and George Eliot. The whole atmosphere is nice (also because there are not many tourists and staff is friendly). Before going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an amazing place. At the northeast edge of London a cemetery the size of a town takes up wooded 37 acres, holds 57.000 graves, and has interred over 157,000 people. This is Highgate, so large that it is divided into East and West sections. Spend several hours here and you will likely find the tombstones of such famous achievers... More 

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Elle H, General Manager at Highgate Cemetery, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Highgate Cemetery, and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Just a minor correction to your prices - the tour on the West costs £12 pp and that also includes entry to the East cemetery; or the East entry on it's own is £4 and includes a map so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

George Eliot, Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, Sir Ralph Richardson, Anthony Shaffer, Malcolm MacLaren, Patrick Caulfield, Corin Redgrave and Anna Mahler are just a few who have beautiful graves at this extraordinary cemetery. Overcast and chilly, our visit was perfect as, at one grave, a boastful robin redbreast came to talk to us. By all means, visit this remarkable place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems strange to say that a cemetery could be life affirming but Highgate Cemetery is just that. It's a must see in London, and a place full of history and beauty, poetry and life and love. It's a bit of a haul to get there. The HIGH in Highgate says it all. From either of the closest Tube stations... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a sunny, but cold December morning. The pond in the adjacent park had frozen over. Very picturesque little town just outside of London. Visited both East and West cemetery. The East is self -guided. The most famous tomb is Karl Marx's. Other communists were also buried near him (head of the South African Communist party, anyone?) with lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cemetary is devided to two parts, the two sides of the road. Many marble sculpture, family graves, victorian Statues over the gravestones.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a place, so much history, and stories to be told. We booked a guided tour on the west side. It was freezing today but our guide kept our hearts warm with his information and knowledge. Wonderful experience. Strange to say that for a cemetery but it is, beautiful and almost magical. A treasure in Highgate, we will go back.... More 

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