Highgate Cemetery †

ADDRESS
Swains Lane, N6 6PJ
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OPENING TIMES
Summer Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays 11am-5pm | Winter Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays 11am-4pm | Tours daily during the week - book online. Weekend & Bank Holidays: every half hour from 11am to closing - online and on the door
PRICES
£4 East Cemetery, £12 for West Cemetery tour and entry to East Cemetery

Nearby

Highgate CemeteryWild woodland Victorian cemetery.

Perched at the top of the winding and woody Swain’s Lane, close to Highgate village with its soaring views over the city, Highgate Cemetery offers a romantic, rambling, rustic retreat from everyday life – in more ways than one. Crammed full of gravestones, tombs, catacombs, monuments and mounds dating from Victorian times to the present day, the cemetery is a more a woodland wilderness than a neatly laid out burial ground. Divided into two cemeteries – the East and the West – many of the graves are either covered in ivy and brambles or overrun with tree roots. As a result, spotting the graves of most importance is hard, which makes a guided tour an ideal option for those who really want to explore the cemetery’s hidden treasures. The West Cemetery boasts some of the finest tombs and can only be entered as part of a guided tour, which is reason in itself to take a tour. There are known to be at least 850 notable people buried at Highgate. Among these are 18 Royal Academicians, 6 Lord Mayors of London, and 48 Fellows of the Royal Society. You are also likely to stumble across the familiar names of Faraday, Karl Marx, George Eliot, Radclyffe Hall, Carl Rosa and Sir Ralph Richardson. One of the nicest cemeteries in London, Highgate Cemetery has a peaceful air about it and a truly unique charm. Finish off by walking up to Highgate village through Waterlow Park, taking in the views over London. Finish off with a pint at the historic Flask pub (77 Highgate West Hill) in Highgate village.

Best for:
Tombs and views, woods and walks, Karl Marx and George Eliot.

Did you know?
Highgate Cemetery is now a Grade II listed park.

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Archway Tube Station
11 minutes walk
Highgate Tube Station
12 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Upper Holloway Overground Station
17 minutes walk
Gospel Oak Overground Station
18 minutes walk

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Gasholder Park
London > Attractions > Sights
Goods Way, King's Cross, King's Cross, London NW1 | 2.6 miles from Highgate Cemetery
At 25 metre-tall, 35 metre-wide, Gasholder No 8, disused since 2001, is the largest of the gasholders at King's Cross. Originally built as a storage ... More
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King's Cross Pavilion
London > Attractions > Sights
Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C | 2.6 miles from Highgate Cemetery
Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, the firm behind the nearby Granary Complex which includes Central Saint Martin's, King's Cross Pavilion occupies an enviable ... More
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Angel Building
London > Attractions > Sights
407 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 3.1 miles from Highgate Cemetery
Launched in late 2010, the Angel Building in Islington transformed from an under-used early 1980s commercial block into an award-winning office space, reinvented by architects ... More
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London International Gallery of Children's Art
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 | 5 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
This fascinating gallery displays exhibitions of children's art from every corner of the world, including artwork by local youngsters. Moving from their original home, a small ... More
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Hampstead Heath
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
NW3 | 16 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
The wildest of London's parks, Hampstead Heath has fields to run in, long grass to roll in, woods to hide in and, most famously, ponds to ... More
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Kenwood House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 | 17 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
A rich collection of famous paintings are housed within the walls of this neo-Classical villa perched by a lake on top of Hampstead Heath. Works by ... More
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Upstairs At The Gatehouse
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, N6 | 5 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
This popular pub theatre in Highgate has, over the years, served as a music hall, cinema, Masonic lodge and a jazz and folk music club. Now ... More
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Jacksons Lane Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
269a Archway Road, N6 | 11 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Housed in a Grade II listed gothic church conversion, this multi-arts, theatre and dance venue in Highgate has a regularly changing programme of live performances including ... More
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The Forum
London > Entertainment > Live Music
9-17 Highgate Road, NW51JY | 23 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Once a gorgeous art deco cinema, The Forum is now an essential mid-sized rock venue. It's got everything you want from the North London rock scene, ... More
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The best shops and markets near Highgate Cemetery
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Christmas Trees: Pines and Needles, Highgate
London > Shopping > Specialists
The Woodman, 414 Archway Road, N6 | 12 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
A rose-nosed reindeer walks into a bar and the elf barman says: "Why the long face?" Rudolf duly replies: "I've got pines and needles". Yes, yes... ... More
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Walter Purkis & Sons
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 The Broadway, Crouch End, N8 | 24 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
The century-old smokehouse at the rear of Walter Purkis provides excellent, and reasonably priced, smoked salmon to both branches (the other is in (Muswell Hill) of ... More
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JoJo Maman Bebe, Crouch End
London > Shopping >
47 The Broadway, N8 | 25 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
JoJo Maman Bébé is a one-stop solution for pregnancy and beyond and offers a wide range of stylish maternity wear, adorable babywear and ... More
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Strada
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
4 South Grove, N6 | 2 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Strada has started something of a pizza revolution and knocked Pizza Express off its perch (as well as, more regrettably, being the final nail in the ... More
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Pizza Express
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
30 Highgate High Street, N6 | 3 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Pizza Express has become something of a London institution. Serving consistently excellent Italian pizzas quickly in pleasant unfussy surroundings, this is always a convenient and acceptable ... More
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Le Pain Quotidien
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
86 Highgate High Street, N6 | 3 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
It all started with a loaf. Not just any loaf. Belgian chef Alain Coumont was intent on creating the perfect mix of water, flour and salt. ... More
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Education near Highgate Cemetery

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Out of the Bloom
London > Education > Evening Classes
89/91 Bayham Street, Camden Town, London NW1 | 2.1 miles from Highgate Cemetery
Unique and innovative workshops teaching flower arranging and floristry with monthly, weekly or daily workshops. This is a really enjoyable art form that allows its students ... More
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Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique
London > Education > Evening Classes
Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 21 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Only the French could come up with an art form so bizarrely fascinating. Mime is as relaxing as Tai Chi, as healthy as yoga, and as ... More
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Jenius Social
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, N7 | 37 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Islington cafe-cum-deli Jenius Social isn't just a place to enjoy fine food and carefully sourced balsamic vinegar, artisan chocolates and cured meats. It's also a ... More
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Highgate Cemetery gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Waterlow Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 | 5 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
One of our favourites, this beautiful park occupies a dramatic sloping site overlooking the city and was given to Londoners by Sir Sidney Waterlow as a ... More
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Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
London > Leisure > Activities
Hampstead Heath, NW5 | 11 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Since as early as 1860, and probably before, many hardy London folk have taken a dip before work in one of three wooded ponds on Hampstead ... More
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Parliament Hill Lido
London > Leisure > Activities
Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Road, NW5 | 16 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
The gorgeous unheated Parliament Hill Lido on Hampstead Heath (also called 'Hampstead Heath Lido') was upgraded not so long ago when it had a generous £2.9million ... More
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Pubs near Highgate Cemetery

The best pubs near London Highgate Cemetery.
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The Flask Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Highgate West Hill, N6 | 3 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Stooping ceilings, creaking floors, solid wooden panelling, beams and small interconnecting rooms combine to make The Flask Tavern, a traditional 18th century English pub, among the ... More
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The Bull
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
13 North Hill, N6 | 10 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Out of Highgate Village and down the hill from London's highest point, the Bull sits on the western side of North Hill next to white modernist ... More
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St John's Tavern
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
91 Junction Road, Archway, N19 | 12 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Slap bang in the middle of Junction Road sits the St John, one of the earliest, and best, gastropubs in North London. With its intimately lit, ... More
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The Boogaloo
London > Nightlife > Bars
312 Archway Road, N6 | 11 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
The Boogaloo has succeeded in breaking the all pervasive contemporary pub blueprint, fashioning a popular alternative with a great atmosphere - and not an inch of ... More
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The Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
St Pancras International, Euston Road, NW1 | 32 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
At 90 metres, The Champagne Bar at St Pancras International is Europe's longest and presents a very glamourous way to start your journey to Paris before ... More
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The Lock Tavern
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 34 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
The Lock Tavern would be a great place to drop in and escape the tiresome, tie-dye-clad vendors of Camden's famous street market. Unfortunately that wouldn't do ... More
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Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 2.6 miles from Highgate Cemetery
... More
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Kings Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 2.6 miles from Highgate Cemetery
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place offers conference organisers two auditoriums, two art galleries and a wide ... More
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Roundhouse
London > Business > Venue Hire
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 34 minutes from Highgate Cemetery
Can accommodate up to 1800 people.... More

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