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Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery can have a tendency to seem like a figment of the imagination from a Bram Stoker novel, Hollywood movie or a painting by John Everett Millais. The whole site is quite densely wooded with tall deciduous trees; old gravestones jut from the moist earth at a variety of angles, and are largely overgrown with ivy and creepers.
 
The most impressive monuments are perhaps to be found near the entrance to the cemetery – a variety of finely carved stone statues of angels and other figures with mortal connotations. Karl Marx’s grave is a more recent but popular draw, although architecturally disappointing. The cemetery is perhaps best visited on a misty autumn day, or evening for full spooky effect.

Highgate Cemetery Address:    
Highgate Cemetery
Highgate
Camden
London
N6 6PJ
England, UK       

Highgate Cemetery Opening Times:    
The Cemetery is open every day in the year except 25th and 26th December.
The Cemetery is closed temporarily when there is a funeral in progress.

Office Hours are Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Cemetary Tours
•    Average length of tour is one hour.
•    Surfaces are uneven and some of the tour is uphill. In particularly wet weather it is desirable to wear Wellingtons or similar footwear.
•    There are toilet facilities in the adjacent Waterlow Park and at the top of Swains Lane at Pond Square.
 
Highgate Cemetery Admission:
Free
A charge applies for guided tours - please phone for details  
 
Public Transport
Take the Undergound Tube to Archway Station which is on the Northern Line (not Highgate Station) and then either walk up Highgate Hill to Waterlow Park (+/- 10 minutes) or catch a 271, 210 or 143 bus to Lauderdale House. In either case walk through Waterlow Park for about five minutes. The exit to the Park is adjacent to the Cemetery gates.

T  +44 (0) 208 340 1834 for further information

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