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:||March- October: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Sat, Sun 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm); November- February: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Sat, Sun 11am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm)|
|Price:||East Cemetery: £4, free under-18s; West Cemetery by tour only (includes entry to East Cemetery): £12, £6 under-18s, under-eights not admitted|
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. For some photos of the West cemetery and a few descriptions of the people buried there are, visit my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/microsketch/sets/72157626765351187/