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Highgate Cemetery

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Address: Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8340 1834
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Located near Hampstead Heath in North London, this is the historic...
Located near Hampstead Heath in North London, this is the historic cemetery where Karl Marx is buried.
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Worth taking the time and spending the money to visit this wonderful corner of London. The East Cemetery has more famous graves, but the West Cemetery is more beautiful and more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Worth taking the time and spending the money to visit this wonderful corner of London. The East Cemetery has more famous graves, but the West Cemetery is more beautiful and more interesting in terms of types of grave. The guides are very knowledgeable and evoke so well Victorian thinking related to death. Not in the slightest morbid. An excellent way... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Fascinating visit, so full of history. The best side is by guided tour only, best to get there early to avoid disappointment. Our guide was brilliant, so much knowledge, don't know how she remembers it all! It cost £12 I think to get in but so worth it, the tour is about 1 1/2 hrs. The history, the stories, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

One side of the cemetery is for guided tours only, the other side you can enter for a four pounds fee and walk around, you can pick up a map and look for famous people, or just check out the cool headstones. We were there on a cloudy damp day, which made it atmospheric but also slippery under foot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I went along with my parents for a day out. My mother really wanted to see Karl Marx's grave. The newer part of the cemetery (where Marx is buried) is much like an ordinary cemetery; has a few famous faces buried their and some interesting grave stones. The older part of the cemetery on the other side of the road... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Arrive early if you want a specific time slot, otherwise you can buy a ticket in advance for the excellent guided tour around West cemetery and come back later so you can look around East cemetery first on your own. Definitely worth going, lots of history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Highgate cemetery is a fascinating insight into the funereal practises of the Victorians, and offers a glimpse into the mindset of the era surrounding death and remembrance. The east side is open by guided tours only, and the West side can be seen at your own pace. There's not much to add to what the other reviewers have said. The... More 

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HighgateCemetery, Manager at Highgate Cemetery, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour! I just wanted to make a small correction in that it is the West side which can be visited by guided tour only. Visitors can wander around by themselves on the East side -- that's the side where Karl Marx is. Many thanks for your review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The topography of Swains Lane and Highgate Hill make for an impressive setting and glorious views over London that can, of course, be appreciated only by the living but the deceased occupants of the East and West Cemeteries certainly enjoy a prestigious resting place. The West Cemetery contains the most arresting and idiosyncratic mausoleums and catacombs. Weekend visits are by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My wife had always wanted to visit Highgate Cemetery, so we visited recently. It is a delightful place, with Karl Marx and Douglas Adams in the east side, and some delightful architectural gems on the West side. We took the guided tour to the west Cemetery, and this was ell worth the money. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and informative,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My trip to Highgate Cemetery was primarily to visit the grave of Douglas Adams, but partnered by my eldest daughter it turned into a journey of deep interest and great historical fascination. There are many now passed celebs to be found here. But take the tour as well, it is excellently guided and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We attended on a summers day bright sunshine with members of our family. We originate from the area and I still have family in Kentish town just at the bottom of the hill. Our guide was enthusiastic and had a wealth of knowledge. The small groups are essential for your own safety and although the volunteer on the gate was... More 

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Address: Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8340 1834
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