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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #115 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Located near Hampstead Heath in North London, this is the historic cemetery where Karl Marx is buried.
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Polmont, Scotland, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Having seen pictures of the west cemetery I wanted to see it for real. I was not disappointed as its was extremely beautiful. The tour lasts just over an hour and our guide was lovely. You can stop and take pictures and ask questions. It was a amazing piece of Victorian history and worth every penny especially as it relies... More

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New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

A must for those interested in Victorian history and the commercialization of funerals. We booked two weeks in advance for our mid-September visit which was lead by the cemetery's registrar. There were about a dozen in our group. Our guide did a lovely job of explaining the history and finances of the cemetery. This is a pirivate cemetery with limited... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a must. The tour is excellent. The imagination that went into creating this marvellous place is a treat to hear about. No sense of sadness, these cemeteries are a celebration of life.

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Toronto, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the East Cemetery in July. It's an easy tube ride but yes, there is a big hill to climb. There was an entrance fee, I think it was 4 pounds. It wasn't my idea to go to Highgate, but I was sure glad we did. The place is simply magical!!!! You feel like you've stepped back in an... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It is a little challenging to get to Highgate Cemetery because we waited 30 minutes for the right tube. It's an uphill walk to get there but make sure you take time to enjoy the park. We were not able to get tickets to the West part and it is available only by tour. We did enjoy the East end.... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

I'd been told about the Highgate Cemetery tours by several people, and hear a radio interview where the tour guides were mentioned, and I'd checked out the information thoroughly online. I knew what to expect - entrance to the west side only by tour booked in advance and extremely grumpy tour guides. Everyone told me it would be so and,... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

More atmospheric than the Parisian Père Lachaise but that one has an unbeatable amount of famous residents. I prefer Highgate though, so nicely overgrown. Especially the western part, that you can only visit on a guided tour, but that's a must!

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Adelaide, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My daughter and I visited during August. This tour lasted one hour and is run by the friends of Highgate Cemetery, If you have some spare time in London and want something a bit different and quirky then come here. Its great, so atmospheric and overgrown. thought recommend.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Only visited the East cemetery since I was going to see Karl Marx. The cemetery is well-kept and the guide map is clear on where the so called celebrity sites are. The Marx monument is a must see for anyone influenced by the work of this great man as are the graves of the many other communists thinkers and revolutionaries... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I have been visiting London 5 or 6 times a year since I could walk this is now my favourite [& unique] attraction. It's steeped in a lot of history which if you book online in advance for the tour on the PM for the West side the guide will tell you. The guide [Penny I think her name was]... More

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