Highgate Cemetery

Address: Swain's Lane, London, N6 6PJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 8340 1834

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An atmospheric Victorian cemetery with many famous residents.

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.

Value for money

Price advice

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.

Expert tips

A trip here combines well with a walk on Hampstead Heath to the east.

Guided tours of the West Cemetery take place at 2pm on weekdays (book in advance) or on the hour from 11am at weekends (first come, first served).

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • History
  • Design and architecture