Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery information

London , England
Swain's Lane
Getting there
Tube: Archway
More information
East Cemetery adult/child £4/free
Opening hours
10am-4pm Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun
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Most famous as the final resting place of Karl Marx, George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans) and other notable mortals, Highgate Cemetery is set in 20 wonderfully wild and atmospheric hectares, with dramatic and overdecorated Victorian family crypts. It is divided into two parts on either side of Swain's Lane. On the eastern side you can visit the grave of Karl Marx. The real draw however is the overgrown western section of this Victorian Valhalla. To visit it, you'll have to take a tour (%8340 1834; adult/child #7/3; 1 hr; h1.45pm Mon-Fri, hourly from 11am to 3pm Sat & Sun Nov-Mar, to 4pm Apr-Oct). Note that children under eight are not allowed to join. It is a maze of winding paths leading to the Circle of Lebanon, rings of tombs flanking a circular path and topped with a majestic cedar of Lebanon tree. Guides will point out the various symbols and the eminent dead occupying the tombs. Highgate remains a working cemetery – the most recent well-known addition was Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died under sinister circumstances in 2006, when the radioactive isotope Polonium 210 somehow made it into his tea in a Mayfair hotel.