Swain's Lane, London, N6 6PJ
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Expert review of Highgate Cemetery
Most major cities have a thought-provoking historic cemetery and this Grade I-listed example is one of the best. It is split into two parts, East and West - the first is easily visited while the more wild second can only be seen on an hour-long guided tour. A walk round the East, where the paths are well maintained, offers a fascinating parade of tumbling gravestones, ivy-clad statues and heart-rending memorials. Many illustrious names, including Karl Marx, George Eliot and the actor Ralph Richardson have been laid to rest here, along with the 'Hitchhiker's Guide' author Douglas Adams, now at peace in a calm and leafy place amply suited for contemplating life, the universe and everything.
Admission to the East Cemetery costs £3 adults, £2 students, cash only. To get the best from your trip buy a map (£1) highlighting key graves.
More information on Highgate Cemetery:
- Price guide:
- Swain's Lane, London, N6 6PJ
- 020 8340 1834
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- East Cemetery Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; closing times are an hour earlier 31 October-27 February.