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Highgate Cemetery

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Address: Swain's Lane | Highgate, London N6 6PJ, England
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has...

Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peaceful contemplation where trees, memorials and wildlife flourish.

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Understanding Victorian life... through death.

A lively and informative tour, bringing the cemetery and the social history of the time to life. Fantastic, knowledgeable guide, with obvious passion for his subject.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lively and informative tour, bringing the cemetery and the social history of the time to life. Fantastic, knowledgeable guide, with obvious passion for his subject.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

West cemetery tour: Freezing cold day but Neil kept us interested. I liked that he was keen to ensure that if anyone had specific interests from the start he would encompass in the tour. Also that if there were things he didn't know he said so! The history of the cemetery is as interesting as some of the people buried... More 

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I guess a tour around a city cemetery on a wet Sunday morning in January wouldn't be the top of most people's 'to do' list but it should be! Being in London for the weekend, my friend & I decided a visit to Highgate Cemetery was too good to mss. We joined the guided tour, led by Stephen Sowerby (I... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ok, It's a bit of a morbid location but there are some fascinating characters in Highgate cemetery- even the side which is free to enter and you don't have to reserve days in advance to go into. I found Karl Marx along with a few other more modern celebrities which names escape me now as well as some interesting sculptures... More 

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Old Cleeve, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to live very close to this cemetery in the eighties before moving away from London. Back then, the cemetery was open for anyone to wander around but was very overgrown so it was lovely to see how much work has been done to restore it and worth paying the admission fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highgate was a principal location (although you could almost consider it a "character") in the book "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Her description of the cemetery was so compelling that I was determined to see it on my next visit to London. The visit did take some planning and perseverance. You can only visit the East Cemetery with official... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my husband spent the weekend in London for the new year celebrations. After the hustle and bustle of New Years eve my daughter suggested we visit Highgate cemetery. There is a small entry charge £4 which is worth it! What an absolutely lovely place I've never seen anything quite like it. We had a very peaceful stroll around... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The West Cemetery can only be accessed by a guided tour. The East Cemetery is self-guided. We mainly went to Highgate to see the tomb of Karl Marx but there are other notable people buried such as Herbert Spencer and George Eliot. The whole atmosphere is nice (also because there are not many tourists and staff is friendly). Before going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an amazing place. At the northeast edge of London a cemetery the size of a town takes up wooded 37 acres, holds 57.000 graves, and has interred over 157,000 people. This is Highgate, so large that it is divided into East and West sections. Spend several hours here and you will likely find the tombstones of such famous achievers... More 

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Elle H, General Manager at Highgate Cemetery, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Highgate Cemetery, and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Just a minor correction to your prices - the tour on the West costs £12 pp and that also includes entry to the East cemetery; or the East entry on it's own is £4 and includes a map so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

George Eliot, Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, Sir Ralph Richardson, Anthony Shaffer, Malcolm MacLaren, Patrick Caulfield, Corin Redgrave and Anna Mahler are just a few who have beautiful graves at this extraordinary cemetery. Overcast and chilly, our visit was perfect as, at one grave, a boastful robin redbreast came to talk to us. By all means, visit this remarkable place!

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