Highgate Cemetery
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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  • Lisa M
    Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom13 contributions
    atmospheric and fascinating place to visit
    My husband and I visited Highgate Cemetary yesterday and I can say, unreservedly, that it is a a fantastic experience. You can only visit the western part of the cemetary with a guide - and rightly so. The place is vast, full of trees, flowers and bushes, the ground is uneven - and the legacy incalculable. I have read some of the negative reviews about Highgate and frankly am astonished. Of course you shouldn't be able to wander round the West cemetary at will. Furthermore, the payment of £12 is worth every penny and only goes on upkeep. There are over 50,000 graves here. It's full of irreplaceable history. Our guide was an extremely knowledgeable and engaging ex-teacher called Peter ( a volunteer) and he told us marvellous stories about the people under and behind the stones. The Egyptian area is particularly fascinating. And the catacombs are scary!The tour is over an hour long and the ticket includes entry to the East cemetary , too, a place that you can visit without a guide . We took lots of photographs and nobody objected, including one of the grave of Karl Marx.I highly recommend it.
    Visited March 2020
    Written 7 March 2020
  • LokiLaaLaa
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom360 contributions
    Life, the universe and everything
    Highgate is made up of 2 parts; East - can wander around for a small fee and the West - only accessible if on an escorted tour only. Can not prebook the escorted tours at the weekends and sadly, on this occasion, all the tours were sold out so we visited the East. It does seem quite odd to meander around a graveyard but it's touching, interesting and sad, sometimes all at the same time. Sonny Anderson's lego topped and Patrick Caulfield's 'dead' just made me take a step back and think about mortality and Douglas Adams (Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy writer) had a very small and plain headstone almost hidden but visible due to a lovely array of pens proudly protruding from a pot just placed in front. Your visit may remain with you for some time.
    Visited February 2020
    Written 11 February 2020
  • Julie M
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom44 contributions
    Fascinating point of heritage
    I vIsited for about the 4th time in 25 years and there is always something new to learn, whether it’s new sites uncovered, wildlife or different architecture. The tours vary in content depending on the volunteer guide but are always informative. I recommend booking tours in advance, especially as the Friends of Highgate rarely run tours of the newer side of the cemetery now. You get so much more out of the visit if you book a guide. Clean toilets are available but by the nature of the site, this is not good for anyone with mobility problems. There are great pubs further up the hill if you need a break - and the steep hills will help you burn off excess calories.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 8 January 2020
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jmteeth
London, UK99 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I have lived in London all my life and never ventured into Highgate Cemetery.
Our guide Joe, was well informed and happy to impart some of his fascinating knowledge.
We learned so much about the people buried there and the lives they lead.
He showed us so many things that we could easily have missed had we not had a proper tour. Some people just wander through, and that’s fine however if you really want an experience a guided tour is the way to go.
I always thought that Highgate was a closed cemetery but people have been buried there in the last few years. Douglas Adams , Malcolm Maclaren, to name just a couple as well as Karl Marx and Michael Faraday.
Joe’s knowledge of the symbolism on the graves was also so interesting as well as an in depth knowledge of some of the people buried there.
We would highly recommend.
Written 28 September 2023
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Kathe C
Baltimore, MD17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I am a fan of cemeteries, as they are places of mystery and history, and the ones in London do not disappoint. Our guide, Hahal, brought the grounds to life, so to speak, with her explanations, descriptions and stories. I personally love how some of the graves are in disrepair, vine covered, leaning a bit wearily. The elements have their way in the end, no matter how humans try to contain it.
Written 27 September 2023
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Sunshine22721045981
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Sep 2023 • Couples
Such a fascinating place to go, Julia the tour guide was very informative and made it all very interesting with some wonder stories behind some the gravestones. Some spectacular areas too like the catacombs. Would definitely recommend.
Written 26 September 2023
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MichGreeneyes
Greater London, UK53 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Have done this a few before but wanted to take my partner. Have learnt different things each time. Tour guide, John was so knowledgeable and informative. Loved it. So much history and the place has such gothic beauty.
Written 24 September 2023
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CharlieT
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Excellent tour by very knowledgeable and engaging guide. Inspired me to look up more of the history. You get to go inside areas that wouldn’t be open to general public.
Written 24 September 2023
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Bert K
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Sep 2023 • Family
Excellent tour, wonderful guide with lots of side information. Obviously very knowledgeable and interested in his voluntary work
Written 23 September 2023
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Sjoerd K
Voorhout, The Netherlands1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Solo
Excellent tour presented by Stephen Overton. We were given a general overview of the site while visiting some noteworthy graves and interesting people.
Written 23 September 2023
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Karyn W
Bangkok76 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Highgate Cemetery, particularly the older western section is amazingly atmospheric. We joined one of the tours of the west side led by Ben and learnt a lot about the cemetery, the Victorian funeral customs and the symbols which can be found on so many of the beautiful headstones. We heard about some of the famous and infamous people who are buried there and got to walk through the catacombs. It was a fantastic tour, around 75 minutes of tramping around. Thank you Ben!
Written 20 September 2023
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Jim F
32 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fascinating experience, such a beautiful place with so much history attached. Well worth a visit and the tour, led by Peter, was very informative and entertaining.
Written 20 September 2023
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N_Travel101
Guildford, UK24 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much. Julia, our tour guide really made it. She spoke loud enough for all to hear and clearly. She was really engaging, and everything she told us was super interesting. She answered all questions well.

I would recommend doing the tour as you get so much more out of it and you get to visit the catacombs.
Written 19 September 2023
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