North London Highgate Cemetery

If you are looking for some alternative things to do in London, visit the Highgate Cemetery in North London. The cemetery is said to have some of the finest funerary architecture in the country and is a must-see of lovers of the history of London. The Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839 and was the authorities’ response to London’s growing population. Before being buried in official cemeteries, graveyards and burial grounds were scattered throughout the city wherever was space. Often this meant that bodies were buried between taverns, shops and houses.

In early 1800 London’s population had grown to around one million which caused an ever increasing lack of burial space. By 1830 health reasons caused the authorities to find a solution and to create space for the dead. Subsequently a number of private cemeteries were opened in the countryside around London. Overlooking London, the location of the Highgate Cemetery and its distinct architecture attracted investments of wealthy individuals. The first person buried in Highgate Cemetery was Elizabeth Jackson, a 36 year old spinster of Golden Square in Soho on 26 May 1839.

In 1854 the eastern part of the cemetery was opened. There are now more than 170,000 people buried in 53,000 graves. The most notable person buried in the Highgate Cemetery is probably Karl Marx. Both, the West and the East Cemetery can be visited.

East Cemetery

The East Cemetery can be visited daily for an admission fee of £4 for adults. The East Cemetery is home to Karl Marx’s grave which you cannot miss due to its large size.

West Cemetery

Admission to the Highgate West Cemetery is by guided tour only. Don’t leave Highgate Cemetery without having visited the West Cemetery which is home to the most impressive architecture of the Highgate Cemetery. The tour lasts around 70min and is £12 for adults. Tours run several times per day. Check out Highgate Cemetery’s homepage for more information.  I love this part of the cemetery as it has some really spooky atmosphere. Too bad you can only visit by guided tour. Would be the ideal location for telling scary ghost stories :)

Some Architectural Beauty in North London..

On the way to Highgate Cemetery you will come across this beautiful building just on the corner of Chester Road and Swain’s Lane. Beautiful North London :)

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23 Comments

  1. Shannon
    January 13, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I too am a big fan of cemeteries! Been to many and tours in New Orleans.

  2. January 13, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I have always wanted to visit London. It is on my bucket list.

  3. January 13, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful. amazing find! I didn’t even think to visit a cemetery when we went to London. I’ve done that a few places here in the states, but never over seas.

  4. January 13, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Wow it’s amazing. I can’t believe how elaborate the head stones are… I wish I could visit London.

  5. January 13, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Oh wow! That is fascinating! I would love to visit this!

  6. January 13, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Eerily beautiful! Not a big fan of cemeteries, but I can see the beauty. :)

  7. January 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Ooh, I’m over near Highgate next month and I was looking for some inspiration. This looks like it could make a real change from the usual London sightseeing spots. I’m not sure that I could cope with ghost stories while I was there though!

    Love your photographs too!

  8. January 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I bet it’s fascinating to make your way through there looking at the stones and everything. I have always found cemeteries strangely peaceful!

  9. January 14, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I never thought that I would ever say that a cemetery is beautiful but the architecture there is absolutely stunning! I love that London appreciates its antiquity and does all they can to preserve it, unlike the states where they just let it go to ruins before building housing developments all over the place.

    PS – I never knew about the bodies being buried just where ever, I can’t even imagine!

  10. January 14, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Huh, wonder if I have family / ancestors there; whole side is British and Welsh. Haven’t been there in over three decades myself. Love all the history in not only England but, the UK and all of Europe. Breathtaking pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  11. January 14, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Visiting a cemetery is not the first thing that comes to mind when visiting London, but after looking at these pics I can see why you would go there. So beautiful and serene. I can see how you can take some beautiful pics there.

  12. January 14, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Some people think cemeteries are morbid. I think they are stunning examples of the period in which they were built and visit them in most cities. However, I missed this one, but will remedy that next time in London.
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  13. January 14, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I love to visit old churches but cemeteries were never high on my list. Reading your post and seeing these pictures have shed a new light on this possible “adventure.” Thanks.

  14. Jenni Petrey
    January 14, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I’d love to visit London. I also love looking at old buildings and other structures. Those headstones are so intricate.

  15. January 14, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I love the photos. I never considered visiting a cemetery.

  16. TColeman
    January 14, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    This cemetery has some amazing architecture draw to it. I would love to visit something like this in the future.

  17. January 14, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I love old cemeteries. My friends and I used to ‘ghost hunt’ all of the time, but it was mostly an excuse to view old cemeteries. I hate that the West cemetery is by guided tour only. That looks like it would be fun to explore.

  18. January 15, 2017 / 1:30 am

    I honestly would never have thought about visiting a cemetery. Definitely is not what comes to mind when thinking about sightseeing in London.

  19. January 15, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Interesting photos. This reminds me of a few cemeteries in New Orleans and Cincinnati.

  20. January 15, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Wow! I never thought I’d say this but the cemetary is so gorgeous and vintage.

  21. January 17, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Sounds like an interesting place to visit and I always love exploring such places that is filled with full of architectural beauty around it. The pictures are amazing that I want to visit one such cemetery right away!

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