Victorian Cemeteries

Highgate Cemetery


This Victorian cemetery, dated from 1839, is divided into two parts, known as the East Cemetery and the West Cemetery. Situated in the London Borough of Camden, it is run by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust since 1981.

The East Cemetery 

This part of the cemetery was extended in 1854 due to the high success of the former cemetery and therefore, 20 more acres were added to the 17 acres of the so-called West Cemetery. They are divided by Swains’ Lane, one entrance nearly facing the other, although connected by a tunnel.

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The admission price for adults is £4.

Undoubtedly the most famous interment in Highgate Cemetery is in the East Cemetery and is that of the German philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883). His tomb is reckoned to be amongst the most visited in London.

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A little message from one of his many followers…



Some personalities also buried in this cemetery are the English scientist Michael Faraday, who died in 1867 and Charles Dickens’ relatives, amongst others.

Location: Swain’s Lane, N6 6PJ Highgate London. The closest tube is Archway, in the Northern Line (grid B5).


To visit the West Cemetery, you need to book a guided tour in advance, online or over the phone, which lasts 90 minutes approximately. It currently costs £12 and includes the entrance to the East Cemetery and a map. Nowadays, there is a daily tour from Monday to Friday at 1.45pm and several tours during the weekend, from 11am to 4pm.

The cemetery inexplicably prohibits everyone from displaying any photographs taken on this part of the cemetery.


For more information, visit the official website


16 thoughts on “Highgate Cemetery

  1. Please take more pictures with loving messages in the tombstones, they are beautiful! Here in Spain they are very rare… XXX

  2. I’m glad you published another article. You’re doing a great job about the subject. I hope you keep on this way! Congratulations Fitzroy

    • Actually, Highgate Cemetery has been the film location for some movies such as Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), High Hopes (1988), Dorian Gray (2009).
      Also Brompton Cemetery has been very popular when it comes to films: Afraid of the Dark, Eastern Promises, The Wings of the Dove, Johnny English and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, amongst others.

  3. I love how you have put so much into this blog, it’s beautiful and there aren’t many others which cover like you have – Bravo! xxx

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