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“Fairly interesting”
Review of Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Ranked #54 of 1,656 things to do in London
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Fairly interesting”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Not the easiest place to get too but worth a visit if you want to see the final resting places of people like Karl Marx, Douglas Adams etc, it costs £4 to get in and its worth it to see the crush of gravestones, almost every square inch is covered and I imagine it will be beautiful come spring/summer. we didn't visit the other side which is guided and costs around £12.

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“Fairly interesting...”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

If your only in London a few days, I wouldn't rush out to it. But if you're in london regularly its worth a visit. You can get into the east part for £4 or west part (you have to do a tour) for £12. Do the tour! The £12 gets you access to the east as well (where Marx is buried and you can walk around),but the tour on the west takes you to the most impressive sites that you need to see if you're going to visit at all.

Visited March 2013
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“More than just Karl Marx”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Visited both East and West cemeteries, the East being famous as the resting place of Karl Marx. There are numerous famous people interred in the Eastern part with George Elliot being one of many.
After visiting that side we then crossed the road and took the tour of the Western cemetery mainly famous for it's catacombs and mauseleums, the guide was very knowledgable and pointed out different architectural features that had funerary significance and also the stories behind some of the interesting monuments, I also learnt for example that the plastic toothbrush was invented by Mr Addis and he is buried here alongside the originator of the YMCA movement.
The East side costs £3 to enter with an optional guide of famous graves an extra £1, which I found well worth the money as you could spend a good morning just wandering around exploring.
The West side is by guided tour only and costs £7 again well worth the money.
Be aware that the prices are increasing from the 1st of March, it is worth checking out their website at www.highgate-cemetery.org for fulldetails and to see if the tours are fully booked.

Visited February 2013
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“The Angkor Wat of London”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Few places in London are as mysterious and pretty as this.
I would like everybody to know about it, but on the other hand, I also want it to stay
as calm and secretive as it is now.
The east cemetery is nice and has some famous people in it. It's also open to the public most days. But it's the west side, that is the true treasure. On weekends tours are organised. Just check the website.
I've been there 3 times now, but my jaw still drops at the sight of the Egyptian tombs and the magnificent Lebanese Yew tree.

You can't call yourself a true Londoner without having seen this place.
Do yourself a big favour and go look for yourself!

Visited February 2013
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“Bring a big map. This is a land of giants.”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

I live around the corner from Highgate Cemetery, but had put off going because I thought there can be nothing more depressing than going around a muddy, overgrown and dilapidated old graveyard. However, now I’ve been a couple of times – I’m a convert. There can actually be few things as enlightening, moving and uplifting than celebrating people’s lives and standing in the inspirational presence of greatness.

Head to Swain’s Lane to make your mind up - but my tip would be to read up on people first for the East side and go on the tour on the West. As otherwise, most of the time, you’ll be staring at meaningless names on slabs of moss-covered stone. You can get a leaflet with some bumf of some of the more interesting graves at the entrance, but it’s also well worth visiting the Highgate Cemetery or findagrave website to find out even more.

Then you’ll be walking in the gargantuan footprints of titans of the world stage. Sure there’s the people I knew were there like Karl Marx, Henry Moore, George (Mary Ann) Elliot, Michael Faraday, Alexander Litvinenko, Christina Rossetti and Douglas Adams (complete with pot for people to put their pens in).

But there were so many more that I didn’t

That pioneer of punk Malcolm Mclaren, Ralph Milliband (Ed and David Milliband’s parents), Comedian Max Wall, ‘Curator of oddities’ Jeremy Beadle. The fallen of the London Fire Brigade who helped put out the fires during World War II and beyond to present day.

And loads of others I hadn’t heard of until I read about them.

Adam Worth – possibly the inspiration of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty’. One of the pioneers of hot-air ballooning Charles Green. The inventor of cinematography William Friese-Greene. Lukas Heller, the German screenwriter who wrote the Dirty Dozen. Claudia Vera Jones – who set up the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. Edward Woodham who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade and loads more to keep you inspired and interested in equal measure.

Also some of the graves and tombs are just fascinating in their own right and even cock a snook at the inevitability of death. See photorealist artist Patrick Caulfield’s headstone which just reads ‘DEAD’ in cut out granite!

This town of the dearly departed positively breathes with life.

And for added spooky flavour there are ghosts and wampyrs who run up and down Swains Lane every now and then. Although I’d like to think the spectres of Malcolm McLaren and the heroic lads from the London Fire Brigade would keep them in check!

Visited January 2013
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