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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #122 of 1,153 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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Castletown, Isle of Man
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I know it was raining and we were all standing under brollies but we couldn't hear a word from the tour guide.we walked around a few of the very interesting grave stones and then just stood there for ages,as we couldn't hear the guide we just gave up and went for a little walk around but we're then told we... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I’m an amateur [travel] photographer. I know there are few places in the world where you can just snap your camera to any direction and make good pictures out of them. These kind of places will make your camera in overdrive mode. If you have been to a place like that and failed to get decent pictures just quit photography... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Wasn't so sure about visiting, but my partner wanted to go, I am pleased I went, very interesting, visited both East and West Cemeteries. You need to book but worth it. Get the tube, but then get the bus up the hill and walk through the nice park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I recently enjoyed a guided tour of the west cemetery. We had visited earlier in the year and been disappointed to find you needed to pre book the west cemetery in advance. It is the most beautiful and mystical place I have ever seen. It tells the story of the victorian era .The sadness at the loss of family members... More

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Cumbria, England
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82 reviews 82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Something different to see whilst in London but worth it. I've wanted to visit for a while but think the other half though it a bit of an unusual visitor attraction, however we both enjoyed it. A nice walk through the park on the way there, we paid to have the tour of the west cemetery which also give us... More

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Nottinghamshire, UK
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39 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A friend and I were trying to think of somewhere to visit and came up with Highgate Cemetery, which had long been on my to-do list. Thank goodness I finally got around to it, as it was absolutely wonderful. This fabulous Victorian cemetery is most famous for hosting the tomb of Karl Marx but that is just one of its... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Booked a guided tour last Friday. Peter our guide was both informative and entertaining. Autumn with falling leaves, some sunshine is really a good time to go. Thoroughly enjoyable. (Anyone with walking difficulties may have found the guided tour a little difficult.) If you are in London, there is so much history in both cemeteries

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