Brompton Cemetery, London
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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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This is one of my favourite places in London. This cemetery is very special. The buildings, graves, trees etc. are not in the best shape which makes it also interesting. It is quiet even if you are in... read more »
I was pleasantly surprise this year when I returned to London to find Brompton Cemetary finally being taken care of. All the weeds that had overgrown on the headstones have been partial cleared. The g... read more »
A short walk into the cemetery and you can almost believe that you are in the country surrounded by trees, blackberry bushes and nature. Some famous persons are buried here and I can imagine that cert... read more »
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.
It is a beautiful cemetry. If you are lucky enough, try to go when there is a guided tour. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the cemetry. It is beautiful.
Such a peacefully place, visit it and enjoy the silence. Graves are a unique piece of history.
Lots of fun and great live shows
This is a beautiful cemetery with an abundance of history. I grew up a couple of streets down from here and every now and again would visit with my dad on a sunny Sunday afternoon and read with fascination some of the tombstones. My dad has since passed and is now buried in this cemetery but it angers me to see how disrespectful some people are and think that it is ok to sun bathe among the dead. This is a place of rest and where families visit there lost loved ones. Go to a park people, we don't want to see your half naked bodies in a cemetery!!
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