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Brompton Cemetery, London

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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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  • August 20, 2017
    Love coming through here. Ever so pretty. If you need tranquility then head off a side avenue to avoid joggers and cyclists. Love the squirrels and tranquility. Chance to get out of london for a few m...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This was at the end of our street at the hotel we stayed at. My son and I walked through in awe of its age and beauty. Truly spectacular, the next day I went and got coffee at Stellas coffee shop and ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This is the place whenever I visit London be sure to take a walk. Excellant location. The peace. Cultural. It is time very luxurious walk relax while admiring a beautiful sculpture is surrounded by natural way without the hustle and bustle of London. Good luck and you can come across a Fox too. West Brompton station is preferred, but can be reached in a 15-minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station and Earls Court tube station.
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  • Watch out for the victorian time machine. A lovely cemetery with many interesting graves. I'd love to be able to get into some of the underground chambers/tombs. Very relaxing place
  • Don't miss the visit of this amazing place in London. If you are Lucky, you could see a couple of red foxes running around the tombs... Enjoy your visit
  • 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!
  • As with many English cemeteries, it looks like nobody's died for decades! Interesting walks if you're looking for some peace and quiet
  • 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.

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