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Highgate Cemetery

Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
+44 20 8340 1834
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Ranked #109 of 1,137 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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Nottinghamshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Kunming, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Although we only went for the eastern part, it was stunning. There were few people around so it was a tranquil visit. Recommended. The one in Paris is better, as its free.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I had been wanting to visit this cemetery for many years, after seeing photos of it and reading about its history and its rescue by the Trust. I was not disappointed except that I wish the tour of the West Cemetery would have lasted four or five hours, rather than an hour and twenty minutes. Our guide was terrific -... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I finally visited Highgate today with my teenage son. Well well worth the visit. The guided tour of the west cemetery, is a must. The volunteers that work at Highgate are really enthusiastic and helpful. The east cemetery is also really worth seeing. You can easily spend a couple of hours, walking around, there is lots to see. Taking a... More

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We had been meaning to pay a visit for some time. One of the trustees (Peter Knight) showed us round and explained everything well and answered our questions. The tour lasted an hour which was as well as the heavens opened on the way out. Nowhere to shelter so got soaked right through. Despite this we trudged (paddled !!) over... More

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The beauty of the West Cemetery of Highgate, is unsurpassed. It was for me, like walking through Tolkien's Old forest. It probably is one of those hidden treasures in London. Forgotten paths, dead ends, moss covered graves, the stone angels that remind me of the weeping angels from Doctor Who. It's haunting contrast of the burning orange autumn leaves against... More

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Polmont, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Having seen pictures of the west cemetery I wanted to see it for real. I was not disappointed as its was extremely beautiful. The tour lasts just over an hour and our guide was lovely. You can stop and take pictures and ask questions. It was a amazing piece of Victorian history and worth every penny especially as it relies... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A must for those interested in Victorian history and the commercialization of funerals. We booked two weeks in advance for our mid-September visit which was lead by the cemetery's registrar. There were about a dozen in our group. Our guide did a lovely job of explaining the history and finances of the cemetery. This is a pirivate cemetery with limited... More

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a must. The tour is excellent. The imagination that went into creating this marvellous place is a treat to hear about. No sense of sadness, these cemeteries are a celebration of life.

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