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Kensal Green Cemetery, London

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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  • We didn't do a tour but loved a wander around to see the eclectic mix of graves, some grand and some totally strange. Some great photo opportunities. Would love to do a tour, to hear the tales, if I e...  read more »
  • The cemetery of Kensal Green, the first and largest opening in 1833 of the famous "Magnificent 7" cemeteries of London, is not very famous as those of Highgate or Brompton, but not much less charming. It was built along the lines of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, in fact there are wide avenues, clean and tidy, there is nature that dominates such Highgate or Nunhead, everything is well maintained, Yes here and there there are old graves damaged, but here stands out immediately the order. From the main entrance by taking the Central Avenue you arrive at the Anglican chapel from which you can access to the catacombs, damp, dark and cold behind immediately as usual. Stand majestic monuments in typical Victorian style to harmonize with the simplest tombs and there are areas in which there are only newly built tombs. Opposite the main entrance stands the Crematorium and the grounds of the crematorium, Freddie Mercury was cremated here, and until a few years ago in the gardens on a pole there was a plaque in his memory, under his real name, birth and death dates and a phrase in French, no longer able to see her I asked a janitor who showed me the post where he was and explained that the plate was removed and given to family of Mercury because they feared that someone stole, as there were a couple of tries. Among the famous people buried here the novelist Thackeray and Charles Babbage, inventor of the first computer. Beautiful, restful, quiet.
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  • Great cemetery, most 19-century burials. Very quietly, because no high trees, no Crow with karkan′em, only some pičužki chirp. Around melancholic green lawns and old tombstones. Entry is easy to find (very close to the Metro station). I was surprised to see a large number of Croatian and Yugoslav graves mid-20 century. For contemplative walks in the quiet place perfect. Very beautiful monuments: gravestones with angels, Celtic crosses, tombstones as disclosed and even Gothic tombs-Crypts. The cemetery is closed early, so it's best to arrive before 15.00.
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  • Hi my name is Suzanne Louise Wimbledon and i am giving this cemetery 5 stars as the plot where my family are burried is absolutely spotless and so is the whole cemetery. You could not ask to be burried anywhere else it is so peaceful and relaxing there you would want to be burried there yourselves. Merry Christmas and a happy new year keep up the good work next year as well like the visitors know you will do.
  • A veritable 'who's who' of Victorian society. Some of the overgrown parts of the cemetery are nice during summer - very verdant!
  • It's beautiful & peaceful. My precious Mother rests there.
  • This is a truly amazing place and a great location to just walk around as you visit the graves of many famous figures from bygone days. It is not a small cemetery and so to make good on your time you can get a guidebook from the cemetery office, located just inside the gates and then plan your visit accordingly. Victorian novelist William Makepeace Thackeray is buried here as are many of the friends of the author Charles Dickens. Indeed, one of the most poignant graves is that of Mary Hogarth who was Dickens beloved sister in law whose death in 1837, aged just seventeen years old had a profound effect on the author. He paid for this grave and he also composed the epitaph on the tombstone. You can easily spend a good two or three hours here and the tours of the catacombs, which are done on specific days of the month are not to be missed. Be warned, there's not a lot here, or nearby, by way of refreshment so you'll need to bring a packed lunch if you are intending to make a day of it.
  • I wish i can see Freddie Mercury
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