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Laurel Hill Cemetery

Address: 3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone Number: 215 228 8200
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Ranked #64 of 550 things to do in Philadelphia
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This 100-acre cemetery has an array of resplendent funerary monuments, including small Victorian...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: This 100-acre cemetery has an array of resplendent funerary monuments, including small Victorian palaces, art nouveau sarcophagi and pre-Raphaelite stained glass.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I recently went on a tour of St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans and I realized how spoiled Laurel Hill has made me. Laurel Hill is 100 x better than St. Louis Cemetery. Sure, there's no tomb that may or may not be Marie Lavau's, but the tombstones and mausoleums are so much more beautiful, the views so much more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Philly is great, so beautiful. Four or us planned a road trip from Toronto Canada to visit a friend who recently moved there for work, the bonus was that our favourite band, The Dead Milkmen were playing there (in the cemetery) the very same weekend :) :) :) What a gorgeous cemetery! I wish we had more time there to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Laurel Hill is situated above Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River leading to some amazing views with the towering monuments in the foreground and the river in the background. Many local and historical dignitaries are buried here along with hundreds of family plots. The memorials to those who have passed make for interesting viewing, along with some more recent celebrities... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

So lately I have been research what made Philadelphia so great as a city? Yes th ecountry started here, yes the constitution was written here, the flag, the bell, even Rocky. BUT if you want to know how the wealthy started the country, visit Laurel Hill, Wiedner, Drexel, Childs, Elkins, Rittenhouse... Looking for the start... look no further. the testament... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ominously beautiful & so serene at dusk. If you have the opportunity to go when they have a show at the crypts...GO! The experience will totally affect and infect you like no other. Sculpturally...artstically...creatively inspiring...immensely beautiful. It's easy to forget there are people buried all over around you!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

A little out of the way but loaded with more history per square foot than any other place in the city. The tomb stones read like a who's who of Philadelphia history. Ask the staff about the movies filmed there. Rocky's wife Adrienne is buried there. A scene from Transformers was filmed here. Don't miss it.

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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I was visiting Philly with a friend and, while driving on a highway, we noticed a number of very tall grave monuments sticking up across the river. My friend checked the web for cemeteries in that area and found that Laurel Hill is a National Historic Monument. We located the cemetery and it was certainly worth the effort. As it... More 

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Willingboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had read lovely reviews about Laurel Hill Cemetery, but still felt unprepared for what we experienced. The grounds are massive with headstones and memorials of all shapes and sizes, some very old. Stop just inside the gate for a map, or just wander through. If you want to see it all and don't have all day, certainly drive through.... More 

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

In the 1800's people used to picnic in the cemetery and if you visit on a nice day, you'll understand why. It's a pretty, quiet oasis in the city and if you can arrange for a tour there are some amazing stories and history in there among the tombstones. Not on Philly's Top 10 list and a bit out of... More 

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Laurel Hill Cemetery is as much an outdoor sculpture garden as it is a traditional cemetery. Elaborate monuments to the region's famous (politicians, industrialists, "Titanic" passengers) vie for attention with memorials to people originally buried in the crypts of long-shuttered churches, and a heartbreaking number of small children. Make certain to visit the grave of legendary sportscaster Harry Kalas, with... More 

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