Highgate Cemetery

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The final resting place of some very famous Londoners, Highgate Cemetery is a wonderfully overgrown maze of ivy-cloaked Victorian tombs and time-shattered urns. Visitors are free to wander through the East Cemetery, with its memorials to Karl Marx, George Eliot and Douglas Adams, but the most atmospheric part of the cemetery is the foliage-shrouded West Cemetery, laid out in 1839. Only accessible on an organised tour (book ahead, dress respectfully and arrive 30mins early), the shady paths wind past gloomy catacombs, grand Victorian pharaonic tombs, and the graves of notables such as Christina Rossetti, the scientist Michael Faraday and poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. The cemetery closes during burials, so call ahead.

Venue name: Highgate Cemetery
Address: Swain's Lane
N6 6PJ
Opening hours: Mar-Oct: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri (last admission 4.30pm); 11am-5pm Sat-Sun (last admission 4.30pm); Nov-Feb: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri (last admission 3.30pm); 11am-4pm Sat-Sun (last admission 3.30pm)
Transport: Tube: Archway
Price: East Cemetery: £4, under-18s free; West Cemetery: By tour only £12, £6 under-18s, under-eights not admitted (incl entry to East Cemetery)
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I know a lot of my friends do not like visiting places where dead people are. But I find the eerie atmosphere of cemeteries romantic and actually soothing. Looking at the ruins of tombstones and other majestic mausoleums, sometimes completely taken over by the vegetation and other massive trees, it’s something special and quite surreal.

If you’re like me, you’ll think Highgate Cemetery is truly worth a visit – especially the West side. I know it’s hard to get tickets but keep trying because the scenery is absolutely fantastic (and super Instagram worthy if you ask me!)


I've always had a soft spot for cemeteries and how they reflect the past of any city. Strolling around a cemetery and imagining the lives of those, who found their final resting place.

My first visit to Highgate cemetery, a couple of years back, left me in awe.

Starting with the walk through Waterloo Park (with a lovely view down on the city) and finding yourself in one of the most fascinating places.

Both parts are worth more than just one trip and the guided tour gives you an experienced insight on London's past. Highgate cemetery is a place for everybody - I'd strongly recommend going there in autumn, when the leaves turn and all is set in a golden glow.

Steve B
Staff Writer

This is one of the best places to visit in London, and I wouldn't normally say that about a cemetery. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, it's worth the steep climb as both sides of the cemetery are fascinating


The Cemetery are now running their tour of the western cemetery throughout the winter and we had a chance to see it on a frosty afternoon last week. - fabulous.

Michael Goldrei

Both the East and West cemeteries are fascinating. If you're thinking about visiting both, it's worth investigating becoming a Friend of Highgate Cemetery, which you may discover works out cheaper.