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.
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|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)|
|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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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.
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.