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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #108 of 1,085 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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Newton Falls, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a young teenager I was always infatuated by the mystery and eeriness of cemeteries. The most beautiful in my opinion has always been highgate. Somewhere in my teenage years I vowed that I would visit this cemetery. Upon deciding to visit England so many years later, I set aside a whole day to explore highgate. We took the tube... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Highgate Cemetery is beautiful and mysterious. The West side is only accessible by guided tour, and is older and more ramshackle than the East. I'd recommend anyone who visits to pay the £12 for the guided tour of the West. The guides are very knowledgable and there are lots of interesting stories about the West, from Dracula to Charles Dickens,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Highgate is well worth the trek beyond central London. It's a pleasant walk from the nearest tube station and a good aerobic workout trudging up Highgate hill. The reward is to descend through the beautiful park to reach the cemetery gates. Be sure to take the guided tour of the western portion, which can only be visited that way. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've wanted to visit Highgate Cemetery for a long time but somewhere in my desire to visit I didn't research enough to realise you had to pay to get in! As someone on a serious budget that was a bit of a blow but I forked out anyway as I really wanted to see that grandeur that is Highgate Cemetery.... More

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was determined to visit Highgate West on my recent trip to london so kept checking online for the tour tickets to be released. It is only on a guided tour that you gain access to the original Highgate Cemetery, now known as the West Cemetery. I am so glad that I got tickets! It is a great hour or... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You have to plan well ahead to get on a tour...without the tour you cannot gain entry. Its such a beautiful cemetary, steeped in history. Like all cemetraries, so many stories to be told. Highly recommend this.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Enjoyed the guided tour of the West cemetry, the guide was informative and humourous but the highlight was the East cemetery where you self explore. Lots of interesting grave stones and many famous people. Apleasant day away from the hectic pace on central London.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Some people find cemeteries ghoulish but I find them beautiful! Especially this one! Despite the grounds being well kept, the over grown ivy gives a Gothic feel to this place of rest. Even if you don't recognize most of the people's names (and you won't) the graves are beautiful and carvings awesome! The West Side is by tour only but... More

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Chelmsford, Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The tour of the West cemetery was fascinating. You turn up on a Saturday and they are happening every fifteen minutes or so I think. Neil was funny and interesting, and also had a real heart for the cemetery and those buried there, from all walks of life. I wish we'd got there a bit earlier as we started the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Highgate Cemetery is a beautiful place. We visited on a freezing winter day and it was simply stunning. The entry fee was reasonable and you feel like you are in an enchanted forest. Lots of interesting people there - if you can find them!

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