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Highgate Cemetery, London

4.6
#16 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Cemetery Tourist Spot
Pay your respects to the most famous resident of Highgate Cemetery, Karl Marx. Notable both for the people buried there as well as being a nature reserve, the cemetery can be visited by guided tour only. The 90-minute group tours for up to 30 people offer a more leisurely pace than the public tours, but are available weekday mornings only. Make your initial enquiry by telephone and follow up with a booking form. Book as far in advance as possible. Take a look at our London trip generator to schedule your visit to Highgate Cemetery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This is a beautiful and historic cemetery well worth the visit. If you tour the West Cemetery the cost of entry for the East Cemetery (where Marx's and George Eliot's graves are) are free. Our tour gu...  more »
  • Brilliant place to visit on a tour with so much history. The tours are great in the summer. So much Victorian achitecture to see, plus really nice views into how the monuments have aged including seei...  more »
  • The guided tour of the East Cemetery is fascinating. The tours are well run by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. The catacombs still gives me the creep. The highlight of the West Cemetery is ...  more »
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  • The Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture and offers a wonderful and original experience. Highgate is full of mistery and magic, offers very good guides and its history is great to hear and learn. I visited Highgate on a cold and rainy day, so enhancing the peace that flows through this amazing place. Highgate is a very special location to be added to a London trip.
  • Just had the most amazing pleasure of working here in the east side! Unknowing and totally innocent to the history of the place and working for a local company "tree matters" got the job to make safe a fallen still precarious and very dangerous ash tree over various Headstones Grd1 and irreplaceable... job Done minimal impact thank to Frank and the team, they do an amazing job! Doing their best and working to make our live easier and caring for the graves as if they was their own. You have to check this place out get a tour and pay to help keep this place open, it has so much history to offer interesting at that, the other side is free but it is so worth the tour!!!
  • Stunningly somber and peaceful scenery here. Very quiet area with low traffic. We didn't go inside due to my highly irrational fear of walking above deceased people and being overwhelmed by existential dread, but we enjoyed the sights from the fence on the sidewalk. Just know ahead of time that it does cost a few pounds to get in, to pay for upkeep and management I imagine.
  • The tour guide for the West Cemetery tour was fantastic. Even in the rain that started half way through (apparently it always rains on a Sunday!), Tom made sure that our spirits were kept lively. He was extremely informative and the stories / history he told us about was thoroughly enjoyable. Well worth the money, well worth a visit! :)
  • The only cemetery I know of where certain areas are aging by mother nature. It looks stunning but also scary.

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