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Highgate Cemetery, London
(4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Loved this place, used to go there when i lived in London as a child, it was a great tour looking at the head stones , would recommend a tour if ever you're thinking of visiting 
  • After getting off at the stop in Highgate you walk quite a long uphill and across a street, maybe wondering, you arrive in front of the cemetery. Now you pay £ 4 to get in (years ago not paid anything) I was interested Marx's tomb which is impressive. There are niches and everyone goes underground, the rich and the poor!
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  • I always thought that one day to do something different in London I would have come here and they did and I am happy with the choice. It is a very interesting and impressive. With £ 12 visiting both the East and the West. In the West there is a guided tour that is very attractive, well made and during which you will learn customs from different periods, besides discovering anecdotes and stories that alone we would not have had any way of knowing. Vivian our guide, volunteer, was very good and Nice. The cemetery is managed by an association that takes care of maintenance and it does very well. 12 pounds may seem like a lot but the purpose is important: help keep alive a piece of history and art.
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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.