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Highgate Cemetery, London
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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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  • My husband thought a cemetery was a strange visitor attraction, but had to agree that it was certainly worth going round. I booked online for the tour of the West side and, as we arrived early, I paid...  more »
  • This is a beautiful cemetary, particularly the West side is well worth visiting. Visiting is only possible with a tour, but that's the way to go - we had a brilliant guide who showed us the graves, to...  more »
  • Highgate Cemetery is a truely beautiful and wonderful place, especially in the Autumn where the leaves add an extra level of creepy! The tour was fantastic and our guide; Richard, was so enthusiastic ...  more »
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  • Dependably sepulchral. Mausoleums, Marx, muddy and moody. Appropriately gloomy in deep winter. Some notables amongst the deceased.
  • Well worth the £8. It is not as old as I expected ("only" about 150 years old), but it's full of "romantic decay," which is even more fun than the famous graves. Definitely go to it.
  • The Highgate East cemetery visit is so much better when you take the 1 hour tour, which costs £8. Be sure to pick up the map, which lists the eminent pros buried there. My favourite graves: Author Douglas Adams, who wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Visitors leave pens at the grave site. Loved Anna Mahler's weeping woman sculpture. She is the daughter of Gustav Mahler. Also was amused by Malcolm McLaren's grave. He was manager of the Sex Pistols as well as being famous for running a punk clothing store with Vivienne Westwood. After touring the east cemetery, and while you are there, visit the west cemetery too. You must be escorted, so it is an additional £8 for that ticket. It most definitely has a different type of feeling. The west is more hilly, and is slightly older too. Tip: Total time for both visits is 3 hours. Two for the east and one for the west. In between, take a coffee break. There was a coffee truck outside the east cemetery where you could purchase refreshments.
  • A very diverse and international collection of individuals. Almost like a museum, with lots of historical significance.
  • My great uncle Samuel Phelps is buried there with his wife Sarah, not far from the Rosetti family grave (i think). Samual was actor/manager of Sadlers Wells. We have many mementos handed down through the family. His book contains a description of his funeral "All the curtains & blinds were drawn as the horse drawn hearse made its way up Highgate Hill" Highgate Cemetery is a great place to visit & holds so much history. So much is owed to the friends of Highgate Cemetery.