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Brompton Cemetery, London
(4.4/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
With ornate Victorian sculptures, sprawling trees, and well-maintained walking lanes, it can be easy to forget that Brompton Cemetery serves primarily as a burial ground. Part of London's Magnificent Seven--a group of cemeteries established in the mid-19th century to alleviate overcrowding on the grounds of city churches--this cemetery today is a recreational space under management of The Royal Parks. The garden scenery has earned the cemetery cameos in numerous films, and you're likely to encounter numerous locals enjoying it on a stroll or bike ride. To learn more about the cemetery's history, consider taking a Sunday-afternoon tour offered by The Friends of Brompton Cemetery, a local organization that helps maintain the 16 hectare (39 acre) grounds. Take a look at our London tour planner to schedule your visit to Brompton Cemetery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Brompton Cemetery is well worth visiting. It's not geographically interesting (it's in a flat part of West Kensington/Chelsea) but it's an atmospheric Victorian cemetery that also serves as a park and...  more »
  • If you're in the area, definitely visit. Don't be put off by the fact that it's a cemetery, it's actually a stunning and relaxing place to explore. The old buildings, architecture and gravestones are ...  more »
  • The cemetery is open daily to the public. Among the grim old tombstones (where there seems to be no burials for decades), people tend to walk with the animals or exercise, or even cut way, since there are two exits/entrances for pedestrians.
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  • I have found so many interesting graves in Brompton cemetery. The place just sucks me in and before I know it I've been wandering around reading gravestones for a good hour. Get there on a sunny day and you can enjoy the magic and tranquility of what is a picture perfect and typically English setting. Whether you're going for a jog, wanting to sit down and read a book, walk the dog, or play the part of a fascinated wannabe historian like me, this will quickly become one of your favourite places. The cemetery also offers guided tours and open days where you can visit the crypts and buy arts and crafts from some stands. If you want one more reason to get you down there, then I suggest you Google "Brompton cemetery time machine" and have a read about this legend. A very intriguing mystery which I'm sure will prompt you to follow-up by seeing the structure for yourself!
  • Hannah Courtoy is buried here with her time machine. The whole story line is just obvious that something is out of the picture. Pretty interesting place to enjoy an afternoon.
  • Among so many reasons I've come to enjoy being at Brompton Cemetery, I guess the main one owes to the fact it plays such an important role to so many people living around the SW10 postcode. As it is their venue of choice for activities as diversified as picnicking, photographing, drug taking (whatever rocks your boat, mate!), strolling, walking the dog, etc. or why not, if you feel like it, learning a bit about Victorian and Edwardian-era England whilst your there, thorugh reading its uncountable inhabitants' tombstones' epitaphs. Another charm of its own is the fact it's served along the years as the backdrop to other nobler events: from filming location to several Hollywood blockbusters (Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, anyone?) to, once in while, an open-air cinema for some of those more-than-special hot, summer evenings.
  • Peaceful walks around this cemetery act as a great reminder to take every positive opportunity life gives you.
  • Love this place but needs some clearing as it's well overgrown with weeds. Nice quiet place for walking and thinking