Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery, London

Highgate Cemetery
4.5
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Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peaceful contemplation where trees, memorials and wildlife flourish.
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Marianne N
London, UK1 contribution
Excellent guided tour of West Cemetery.
Oct 2021 • Friends
Fascinating guided tour of the West Cemetery today. What a beautiful, atmospheric place. Our guide was knowledgeable and very interesting.
Written 24 October 2021
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D S
2 contributions
Great day out
Oct 2021 • Friends
Guided tour of the West Cemetery was so good and informative. Our guide (Ben) was knowledgeable and funny and really made the experience special. Well worth a visit.
Written 24 October 2021
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adriana g
1 contribution
Ben is a lovely guide
Oct 2021 • Friends
Our guide was Ben Nathan, such an amazing guide, very friendly and really interesting explanations, he made the experience really fun and entertaining. I highly recommed visiting west cemetery with a guide.
Written 24 October 2021
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VegetarianDiner2014
Gillingham, UK7 contributions
Fascinating visit
Aug 2021
We visited both the East and West cemeteries which included a guided tour around the West cemetery. Both the cemeteries were fascinating and well worth a visit, the guidebook was very interesting too. Unique place.

All the volunteers were very friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend a visit.
Written 24 October 2021
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Jerry
1 contribution
A fascinating tour of a remarkable place
Oct 2021
First time to Highgate Cemetery and it is well worth a visit. Our guide was John Waite who was very knowledgeable and provided a wealth of facts and anecdotes not only about specific graves such as Karl Marx but also about the history and design of the site. I'd strongly recommend taking a guided tour.

I'd also strongly recommend getting a bus up Highgate Hill; it is quite a climb.
Written 22 October 2021
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freddie
2 contributions
Lovely visit
Oct 2021
Such a different way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but i really enjoyed it
the area is beautiful and there are some nice pubs around there too
Written 20 October 2021
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david_does_dinner
London, UK14 contributions
A fascinating tour of a beautiful site
Oct 2021
I'm a Londoner but had never visited before and can't believe I left it so long. Many of the best known graves are in the east site but the west is where the main architectural action is to be found. I took a guided tour and was lucky enough to have John Waite, the cemetery's senior guide and a brilliant storyteller. He told us so much about the history of the cemetery and fascinating stories about its most illustrious residents, but he also had background on many of the lesser known graves. I can't recommend a trip to the cemetery highly enough, and would strongly advise a tour with John if he's around.
Written 18 October 2021
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Dinner4two
3 contributions
Moving experience
Oct 2021
A great tour of the cemetery with a very knowledgeable guide. We visited most of the graves within the 90min tour and then we were allowed to wander around again, on our own, to visit one or two more graves and to take more photos. The tour also allowed access to the East Cemetery, where we visited the Karl Marx grave. A very atmospheric cemetery and some great photo opportunities. Highgate Cemetery is a very moving and peaceful place to spend a couple of hours. For those concerned about loos, there are some on site and some in Lauderdale House, in Waterlow park, where you can also treat yourself to tea and cake. To reach the cemetery we arrived by tube at Archway and caught a 271 bus up Highgate Hill, which stops outside Lauderdale House. This has been on our list of places to visit for quite a while and we will definitely be returning.
Written 14 October 2021
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Sheila K
London, UK5 contributions
Wonderful tour
Oct 2021
Friends of Highgate Cemetery do an amazing job, I thoroughly recommend their tours. I went on a tour of the east cemetery led by Richard Kuhn - crisp clear tones from Richard - a knowledgeable, insightful and thoughtful tour. If you live in Lodon, it's approx. 10 minute walk from Archway station, walk up Highgate Hill, and from there access the main cemetery entrances by walking through beautiful Waterlow Park.
Written 9 October 2021
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Kerren66
Folkestone, UK68 contributions
A Hidden London Gem
Oct 2021
A gem hidden in plain sight - didnt really know what to expect when we booked the tour but so glad we did - Margaret was out tour guide and despite having dreadful weather, she made it fun and interesting - her knowledge of not only the site but the people buried there was excellent.

Had no idea how big this place was and just how many people are buried there. It is one of the best things we have done in recent times and will definitely be going back again as we just didnt have time to see everything. The East Cemetery is lovely and you can do a self guided tour but would highly recommend spending a little bit more and going for the West Cemetery tour.
Written 9 October 2021
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