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Highgate Cemetery

Address: Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #81 of 918 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located near Hampstead Heath in North London, this is the historic cemetery where Karl Marx is...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located near Hampstead Heath in North London, this is the historic cemetery where Karl Marx is buried.

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Northwood
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I love Highgate, it still has a villagey feel despite being in London and if I win the lottery or marry a rich old man (with his own teeth!), I'll live there! I've been promising myself a trip to the Victorian cemetery (one of the "Magnificent 7") and was able to visit a couple of days ago. There are two... More 

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Eton, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great tour ! Special thanks to the guide Vivian who was passionate and told us many interesting stories. I highly recommend the tour as a must see while being in London.

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Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Based on reviews on Tripadvisor, I booked a tour online and it was a great experience. The walk up the hill (there was a bus strike that day) to Highgate from the Archer underground stop was a bit of a hike but I enjoyed a lovely tea shop in the village. The cemetery is a piece of living Victorian history... More 

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Austin, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a really calm and cerebral walk that provides a nice break from hectic London. A map of famous graves is available on site.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Many visitors go to Highgate East Cemetery to visit graves of famous persons like Karl Marx. However, the West Cemetery has an interesting history of Victorian England and the death practices of the wealthy during that time period. Reservations must be made in advance (may be different on the weekends). Advance planning is needed and it is a bit of... More 

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kenilworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Possibly not to everyone's taste to be honest and it should be realised that a charge is imposed because of the cost of maintaining this site which was virtually derelict before the Friends of Highgate Cemetery took on the responsibility of keeping things going. They do splendid work here and the tour of the West Cemetery we took at 1pm... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

For starters: We were a bit shocked at a £4 entrance charge... to a cemetery!? 'Celebrities' bagging front row plots. The mind boggles as who was chosen to have to move in order to accommodate the monied new arrival. Were their relatives asked? A rather severe attendant appeared out of nowhere to reprimand us for giggling too loudly. Were we... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hours strolling around both sides of the cemetery and found all staff very friendly and informative, especially Srephen our guide on the west side. Very atmospheric, quite eery on a grey day with the wind whistling through the many trees. I imagine it's worth coming back in different seasons. True, it does seem strange to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

New Year's Day.. our first visit. We struggled to find a parking place and the main entrance was guarded by a middle aged harridan so we parked up the hill, . Why this is a place where you have to pay for entry is beyond me .. it seems to be the resting home for the wealthy and celebrities ..... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

West tours were all fully booked quite a while ago so could only visit the East side. It has been perhaps 25 years ago that I've been here- and i visited many cemeteries since- but this remains my absolute favourite. The texts on tombs, the haphazardness, the atmosphere. Nice park next door.

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