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Highgate Cemetery, London

#17 of 262 in Historic Sites in London
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Pay your respects to the most famous resident of Highgate Cemetery, Karl Marx. Notable both for the people buried there as well as being a nature reserve, the cemetery can be visited by guided tour only. The 90-minute group tours for up to 30 people offer a more leisurely pace than the public tours, but are available weekday mornings only. Make your initial enquiry by telephone and follow up with a booking form. Book as far in advance as possible. A visit to Highgate Cemetery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London road trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • We had actually decided to visit Waterlow Park next door, but saw the opportunity to visit the (in)famous cemetery on the same day. Be aware that the cemetery is in two parts - and it is cheaper to...  more »
  • A friend of mine brought me and my sister here while we were staying with her in London. It’s a beautiful cemetery to visit if you’d like to see some place different to the usual tourist attractions.....  more »
  • The tour of the historic West cemetery was one of the best guided tours I had in London -- so many interesting anecdotes, I literally took notes. Both sides of the cemetery are beautiful and serene, with plenty of interesting symbols and inscriptions to explore. I recommend visiting the guided-tour-only West side first, so that you have a bit more context when exploring the East side on your own.
  • If you're interested in learning more about the history and inhabitants of the cemetery, I recommend paying extra for the tour. We were shown round by Andrew, who was a highly knowledgeable guide. The West side of the cemetery (which the tour gives you access to) is much more overgrown (and as a result, beautiful and atmospheric) than the East side. Taking a wander around the East side is very interesting too.

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