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 can wander through the East Cemetery (entrance fee is £4), 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. This is only accessible on an organised tour, which can be booked ahead (recommended) or purchased on the door at weekends. Dress respectfully and remember that the location isn't the easiest place to find, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive. The shady paths of the West Cemetery 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. Talks and other events also take place at the cemetery, see website for details.
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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.