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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i once visited highgate during sixth form for a drawing reference photoshoot but was only able to go in the east side as the west side was booking only, but i knew i wanted to return to visit the... more »
Brilliant absolutely amazing love the architecture had a brilliant tour guide so magical and amazing I don’t like walking but I really enjoyed walking in the cemetery so many famous graves might be..... 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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