The Highgate Cemetery in London is an amazing destination if you’re looking for something outside of the typical attractions.
Located in North London, only about a 30-50 minute tube ride away, it makes for a perfect half-day adventure.
The cemetery is divided into 2 sections; The East and The West.
It sits on 37 acres(15 hectares) and holds about 170,000 people in 53,000 graves.
To say the graves are overcrowded is a bit of an understatement.
It is recommended to show up early as the cemeteries usually close around 4:30pm.
Exact hours and prices can be found at the official website.
THE EAST CEMETERY
The East Cemetery is the cheaper cemetery that you can roam through with or without a tour.
The tours usually only run on Saturdays and last about 60 minutes.
However, it’s not nearly as cool as the West Cemetery.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still awesome, but nothing compared to the West Cemetery.
The East side is where you can find rows and rows of tombstones.
Some are so overrun by vegetation that you might not be able to see them.
The trees and shrubbery are so overbearing that the cemetery is slighty like a nature reserve.
It’s home to many different types of birds as well as squirrels and foxes.
The East Cemetery’s most popular headstone belongs to Historian and Philosopher, Karl Marx.
Many actors and authors are also buried here.
For instance, Douglas Adams; the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
The East Cemetery is so large that I explored it in 2 parts.
First I went to the west side to get my place on one of those tours.
A West Cemetery Tour ticket also gets you into the East Cemetery, so I went to explore the east side for an hour before my tour began.
Once I finished the west side tour I went back to the east side to see the rest of everything.
THE WEST CEMETERY
The West Cemetery costs a bit more and can only be done on a tour.
The tours usually run every 30 minutes and last about 70 minutes.
Video, tripods, food and drink are not allowed.
Unfortunate as it might be because this a place I could spend all day in.
The photo opportunities are quite plentiful and the tour moves at a pretty good pace.
Therefore you’re left rushing to get amazing photos.
Just be on your toes and start planning the photo composition as you approach and you shouldn’t lag behind the group too much.
This side of the cemetery has many graves of authors, actors, and artists as well.
It also has the graves of Charles Dickens’ brother, wife, and parents.
However, Mr. Dickens himself is buried in Westminster Abbey.
The highlights of the cemetery are the only areas that the tour goes.
Certain areas, probably less interesting, aren’t even contacted.
For someone like myself that loves to explore this was kind of a bummer.
But there were people on my tour that definitely thought the 70 minute tour was enough.
In conclusion, the Highgate Cemetery in London is a destination and tour that I could visit every time I go to this amazing city.
It’s certainly the 2nd coolest cemetery I’ve ever been to.
It is also located in a nice area that seems much more relaxed then the rest of London.
If you’re looking to stay out of the craziness of the city a little longer the Waterlow Park nearby is also a great place to relax.
Have you ever been to the Highgate Cemetery in London?
What did you think of it?
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