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-5pm Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm Sat & Sun
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A Gothic wonderland of shrouded urns, obelisks, broken columns, sleeping angels, Egyptian-style tombs and overgrown graves, Highgate is a Victorian Valhalla spread over 20 wonderfully wild and atmospheric hectares. On the eastern side you can pay your respects to the graves of Karl Marx and Mary Ann Evans (better known as novelist George Eliot). The real highlight, however, is the overgrown West Cemetery , which can only be visited on a guided tour ; bookings are essential for weekday tours.

Highgate remains a working cemetery – the most recent well-known internment 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. As his body was still so radioactive, the unfortunate Russian had to be buried in a special lead-lined coffin.

Tours of the East Cemetery (adult/child £8/4) take place at 2pm some Saturdays (not every Saturday, check on the website).