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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #87 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Paid for the guided tour of the West cemetery which included access to the East cemetery. Excellent tour but quite oppressive due to its untended nature. However the East is quite different with a map showing the location of people you actually recognise. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It seems rather bizarre to 'enjoy' viewing memorials to dead people, but having made two visits to Highgate on separate visits to London I can only recommend that you put it on your itinerary. My first visit was to the East side, where you pay a modest admission charge and find you own way around. The map supplied is excellent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited the cemetary on my very first day (ever) in London. So beautiful. I was "gobsmacked" at the flowers growing everywhere making the headstones look like the most unique garden features. The guided tour was amazing and the guide was very interesting. She was someone who was passionate about the history of London and the people interned there. I... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is definitely worth while taking the time to visit this cemetery, it is very unique and a lot of famous people buried here, very interesting grave architechture

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A small group ably led by John Shepperd, gave us an illuminating view of the background and monuments of this fascinating Victorian cemetery containing many famous people - a timely reminder of our own mortality!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

One of those places I have been meaning to visit for years, Very easy journey on the London Underground, and about a 15 minute walk, up a fairly steep hill, but there is a bus that stops almost outside. Picked a perfect Autumn day with a misty start followed by Winter sunshine. Beautiful Gothic architecture seemed to be around every... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It was a private cemetery started in 1838. In 1970, the company ran out of money and they closed it up. It was overgrown and vandalized until a charitable organization took it over. Beautiful tombstones, and a large memorial over Karl Marx’s grave. It seems to just keep going and going. There is two parts to the cemetery – across... More 

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Castletown, Isle of Man
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

A fascinating, eery, and haunting place. There are over 52,000 plots in the West Graveyard and over 180,000 people buried there. The guided tour makes the place come 'alive', from an understanding of the landscaping, the history and the Victorian attitude to death and burial it makes a fascinating tour. It is a very enlightening way to go through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Visited Highgate Cemetery on a wonderful October day and ISB's October song came to mind. An interesting and intriguing foray into 'celebrity' death and dying. I could imagine Karl Marx debating with the other philosophers, Bert Jansch playing with the other musicians , and George Eliot leading a literary discussion with other nineteenth century literati and glitterati. They could all... More 

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I wanted to visit Highgate for years, so my visit in July had been much-looked forward to.. My friend & I found it really very interesting - most moving was finding that WH Monk was buried there (wrote the tune to Abide with me) If I've got a quibble it was poorly signposted and hard to find the entrance to... More 

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