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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #111 of 1,096 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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Sao Paulo, SP
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I took the tour to the West Cemetery and I really enjoyed it. I knew little about the history of the cemetery and the people buried there so the all explanation was very informative. Unfortunately it was very quick and I wish I had more time to see the place. On the other hand the East side of the cemetery... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Great to see this London landmark, where the likes of Marx and George Eliot are buried. I learned a lot, and would recommend it to any London visitor.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I think that it is a great place to visit. On the day we went it was dark, there was a thunderstorm and in the overgrown west cemetery with its 'Dr Who' type angels etc it was fantastically atmospheric. Had a lunch at the Flask pub (separate review) then walked to the cemetery. Great volunteer guide full of knowledge and... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife planned this visit to the Highgate cemetery.At first I was a bit sceptical to go to a cemetery, but the place really surprised me. Although the admission was somewhat high (12 pounds per person) it proved to value for money. We were welcomed by a very enthusiastic guide which wanted to start early with the tour as he... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Visited the west cemetery, well worth the entrance fee, tour guide was informative, and factual, a real gem, would thoroughly recommend.

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Namur, Belgium
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I recently decided that every trip should include the visit of a cemetary (always loved the macabre). The first official one was the London Highgate Cemetery. I don't know about English cemeteries, but this one really charmed me by that way it's arranged. There's no pattern there, it's like a wood full of sleeping deads, with ivy covered graves, tilted... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Highgate Cemetary is mainly famous for Karl Marx's grave but its real beauty lies mostly in its general atmosphere. Just reading the tombstones is a real life lesson in history. Also artistically it is a lesson in different epochs and their different 'fashions'

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Newton Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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

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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