Kensal Green Cemetery
Kensal Green Cemetery
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,595 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Dogs are not allowed in here (sadly). Not even on a lead and equipped with poo bags apparently ! So we walked around some very impressive graves and mausoleums. Some real gothic treasures in here - v photogenic. Didn’t find Freddy Mercurys resting place sadly. But some v evocative and skillfully constructed tombs. Well worth a visit. Bring wellies / boots in winter as several paths are flooded. And don’t bring your dog !
Written December 28, 2022
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stories-of-london.org
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
I visited Kensal Green Cemetery on a bright Sunday afternoon in October 2018. There was no one around OR any plan/map to show where one of the greatest engineers who has ever lived is buried. Shame on the Cemetery! I walked and walked and walked, but never found it. I asked just about every fellow visitor where the grave might be. Most had never heard of 'the great engineer' and others gave me all kinds of directions that led nowhere. Many tourists come to London each year and many go to the IKB Museum in Rotherhithe and would perhaps like to visit his grave. It would behove the authorities of the Cemetery to BOTH smarten up the cemetery and also have some signage for visitors to follow. Would this be so difficult to do? One gets the impression that those in power are just not interested in the past and have no feeling for the great IKB! As I said, SHAME ON YOU ALL!
Written March 6, 2019
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Russell02
United Kingdom146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
This cemetery has more listed monuments than any other cemetery in Great Britan. Probably ranks as the best place to seek out quirk graves, odd bits of Victorian History and, if your that way inclined, spot several types of rare day moths and other flora and fauna rarely seen in the centre of Town. Wilkie Collins, Houdini, Brunel and many relatives of Dickens along with some minor "royals" are all here. Don`t forget the Dissenters Chapel and the Catacombes. This is a very special place; but you will be on your own as few tourists come here. One of the best places to see in London.
Written January 10, 2014
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Abbotsbury92
Arlington, VA920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
When I lived in London in the '90s I enjoyed visiting Highgate and Brompton Cemeteries occasionally. These are two of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries, which were built in the 1830s in response to a massive influx of population to London in the early 19th century and the resulting scarcity of burial space by the late '20s.

I've spent a great deal of time in London on business during the past three years and make it a point to take personal time to tour various parts of the city while I'm there. During 2017 I visited the remaining five of the seven cemeteries that I hadn't seen: Kensal Green; Tower Hamlets; Nunhead; Abney Park; and West Norwood.

I visited Kensal Green on an overcast Saturday afternoon in mid-July. It's easy to reach, via either the Underground Bakerloo Line, or the Overground, to Kensal Green Station, which is a mere two-minute walk north of the cemetery entrance.

Kensal Green was the first of the Magnificent Seven to open in 1832 and is modeled on the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It's on relatively flat ground immediately to the north of the Regent's Canal in northwest London. It does, however, have some pretty, undulating land on the southeastern side, overlooking one of the few remaining Victorian gasholders in the area. The grass is high and on this afternoon the wind whispered softy through it and butterflies flitted about among the flowers.

Wandering among the lovely Victorian monuments, and through the classical colonnade that forms a necklace around the Anglican Chapel, was very peaceful. I lingered here for nearly two hours. I also visited the St. Mary's Catholic cemetery next door to the west, which has lots of modern graves with endearing epitaphs. I didn't even realize that this is a separate cemetery from Kensal Green until I got home a couple weeks later.

Afterward, I exited and walked along the Regent's Canal all the way back to Maida Vale. It has been nearly six months since my visit and I retain peaceful memories of a splendid afternoon wandering around this Victorian gem.
Written January 1, 2018
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gdben1
London12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The best way to see this place is by going on the Sunday afternoon tours conducted by the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. These tours last two hours and tell you the history of the place, and about the lives of the famous who are buried there.

See their website for more information: www.kensalgreen.co.uk

Kensal Green Cemetery is the final resting place of the great and good of the Victorian era. Brunel, Blondin, Therkeray, Wilkie Collins, WH Smith, Birkbeck, Twinning, and countless others. It is also a beautiful place to stroll and just a short bus journey from Notting Hill Gate. Take the 52 or 452 bus. Or the 18 bus from Euston. Kensal Green Tube station on the Bakerloo line is a two minute walk from the entrance to the cemetery. If you want to visit under your own steam, they sell very cheap guide books so that you can locate the graves of the most famous yourself.
Written November 3, 2008
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Clive W
Orpington1,807 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
I visited the cemetery travelling by tube to Kensal Green (Bakerloo). The entrance gates were about a 10 minute walk if exiting the station and turning left.

There was a notice on the entrance saying the grass had grown and although attempts were being made to keep it under control, the grass was winning! The grass WAS exceptionally long. This contributed to the cemetery’s appearance as an uncared for, overgrown place. Many graves were completely covered in long grass and the inscriptions were so weathered as to be unreadable. In appeared that “modern” graves were interspersed with Victorian graves, which was odd. Neither of the 2 chapels were open.

There were some huge Victorian mausoleums and memorials which were interesting to see. Many were not in a good state of preservation. This, too, added to the overall impression that a lot of restoration/preservation work needs to be done.

A notice said guided tours were available on Sundays. Presumably, a tour would point out the significant graves. There is no grave plan available. However, having been to Highgate Cemetery where plans are available to help locate various significant graves, I think it would be a great help to have such a plan for Kensal Green. It would make a visit much more worthwhile.
Written June 22, 2018
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John S
Bonn, Germany3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Walk here from Little Venice along the Grand Union Canal, then stroll through an atmospheric. peaceful graveyard. Unfortunately you won't find the graves of the celebrities buried here unless you stumble upon them by accident. What a pity there's no leaflet available or a plan mounted outside to help in one's search. They also close at 5pm, so make sure you don't get locked in!
Written April 18, 2018
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
We regularly come here with our family for a stroll. It is absolutely huge, somewhat run down in parts, but absolutely fascinating. The graves vary from the very simple to huge, house-sized constructions. Looking at the names, you regularly stumble (sometimes quite literally) on someone famous.

The very young members of the family love coming here to cycle, collect conkers, pick blackberries (unsurprisingly rich soil here!), go bug-hunting and play 'Who can spot the most angels.'
Written October 16, 2017
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Suzanne H
Brighton, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
I knew the cemetery slightly before I took the tour, but the tour guides brought (pardon the pun) the whole place to life. Well worth a visit. More than good value for money - but it was nice that the low price attracted a good number of "tourees". Wear stout shoes and be prepared for some rough terrain - but the two hours of the tour passed extremely quickly as it was all so interesting.

One slight quibble: the tours start at the Anglican chapel - but on the plan of the grounds at the entrance, the only "chapel" marked is the Dissenters' Chapel at completely the wrong end of the cemetery. Look for the word "Church" on the plan and you will find the Anglican "Chapel".
Written September 4, 2017
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EleanorH856
London, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
I will admit from the start that I am biased - I am a tour guide at Highgate Cemetery, and I admit, my view that Highgate is more beautiful is subjective.

Aside from that though, I think two hours for a tour is too long, especially in Winter. The guide was very knowledgeable (although with some inaccuracies), but could be a little long-winded and/or repetitive.

Also do note that it is cash only, they do not accept card payments.

I was also surprised to hear that they are removing Victorian headstones to make room for modern burials. Though the graves themselves remain untouched, this still seems sad, and will surely lead to the cemetery losing its character.

On arrival at the cemetery, allow some time to get to where you need to be. The sign says that the tour starts from the Anglican chapel - signposts to the chapel are in fact the way you want to go. And the map is unhelpful unless you know which gate you have entered by.
Written January 25, 2016
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