Highgate Cemetery
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Beautiful Victorian cemetery near to Hampstead Heath. Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peaceful contemplation where trees, memorials and wildlife flourish.
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Peter H
Croydon, UK77 contributions
Nov 2022
If you go to Highgate, the guided tour is of the West (older) cemetery, but the admission price includes a self guided tour of the east cemetery. Allow at least two hours for that. My tour of the West cemetery (about 1hr 30) was by a guide called Martin. A brilliant guide - enthusiastic, witty, and very knowledgeable. Well worth the money.
Written 20 November 2022
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Elliot W
Fareham, UK262 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
My wife booked this as a surprise. We took the tour of the west side and wandered around in the east. It is best known for the grave of Karl Marx but is so much more and stepped in history. The guide, Julia, was very knowledgeable and made it fascinating! Wholly recommend!!
Written 19 November 2022
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Antonella L
1 contribution
Nov 2022
We had an amazing experience with our guided tour of the West Cemetery. We were accompanying A Level Literature students studying the gothic texts Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Not only is the cemetery stunning, the whole experience was enhanced by our guide, Corinna Goldsmith, who was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable, full of information about the Victorian era, the design and history of the cemetery, and gave us a real socio-historical understanding of the reality behind Victorian sensibilities towards death. She also perfectly tailored her talk towards bringing alive the gothic texts' settings and the inspirations behind the authors' writing, and broadened the Gothic LIterature theme to include Frankenstein and other renowned gothic writers. There were nuggets of Victorian curiosity as well that made the whole experience fascinating. We will definitely be rebooking this tour, and hope to get Corinna to guide us again.
Written 14 November 2022
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Matt Holehouse
1 contribution
Oct 2022
An absorbing and atmospheric experience. The cemetery itself is stunningly beautiful, with a wealth of architectural detail - I knew relatively little about the cemetery, so the Egyptian avenue & catacombs were a delightful surprise. The guided tour adds so much to the experience - our guide Stephen Overton was informative & charming in equal measure, and his passion for the place was evident - if you do the tour, don't be afraid to ask questions, as there is a wealth of wonderful detail behind the monuments.
Written 7 November 2022
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AlbertoS59
Sardinia, Italy65 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Back to Highgate, a few years later. The day was promising, drizzle, a grey sky, on a sleepy Saturday morning in November. The employees, all volunteers, always impeccable, and so I joined a last-minute group with Stephen.
Highgate is always worth a visit, not only for lovers of the genre, but because it is a window on Victorian London in the early 19th century, through the narration and observation of the tombs that make a fine show after so much time: the vegetation has partly covered some of them with leaves and now with the beautiful winter foliage. Each grave has a different story unfolding before our eyes: bankers, wealthy merchants but also boxers, circus owners, song and opera stars. The air is dark but not ghostly and Stephen tells us about the lives that were as if he had known the tomb owners personally.
As the rain becomes more persistent, we tiptoe out of the cemetery silently, Amen!!
Written 6 November 2022
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GeorginaHPyrenees
Ituren, Navarra, Spain25 contributions
Nov 2022
A wonderful tour, professional, interesting, enlightening and entertaining - even for my 18-year-old daughter who, well, is an 18-year-old! Martin was so knowledgeable and managed to transport us in time, with fascinating examples and humour. This is a really atmospheric place - great for a brief introduction into 19th century London and also for anyone with an interest in history, sociology, biology even geology. A really unusual venue which I strongly recommend! Thank you Martin.
Written 6 November 2022
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Chaotic Footsteps
Leeds, UK2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Absolutely great experience, the guided tour was very good and plenty of information given. Seeing History and how things lay today. Breath taking, only thing I say be careful as slippy in places other then that full on experience
Written 3 November 2022
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Ewa S
Baltinglass, Ireland966 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
The cemetery is very atmospheric and beautiful, with plenty interesting graves and sculptures. Me and my friend booked a guided tour which I highly recommend, our tour guide was brilliant, so passionate and knowledgeable (I think his name was Richard, a gentleman with very long hair) and we would have missed so many fascinating details if we were just walking around. There are some less and better known celebrities and famous people buried there, including George Michael.
Written 31 October 2022
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Lulabelle101
London, UK14 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We booked the guided tour of the Highgate’s West Gate cemetery. It is a truly fascinating place and the tour was fantastic! We learned so much information regarding the cemetery, its occupants and the history of the place from our tour guide, Stephen, who was just exceptional. It also happened to be Halloween weekend and the place was wonderfully atmospheric. We particularly enjoyed Egyptian Avenue and the catacombs. We would highly recommend visiting Highgate cemetery - a true highlight of London.
Written 30 October 2022
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Clare H
Woking, UK27 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Wonderful, atmospheric, amazing architecture, interesting history , lovely guide. Recommend doing the guided tour, you get so much more out the experience. Some really “wow” features here. The East side seemed to be more open and modern. Beautiful landscapes here and lots of famous artists, writers etc buried here. Also, Karl Marx tucked away in the woods.
We will definitely be returning.
Written 23 October 2022
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