Highgate Cemetery

I mentioned it in my last blog post, but London’s Highgate Cemetery deserves another mention. Although I used to live right across the Heath – almost precisely across, in fact – in Hampstead, last week was my first time there. It’s fabulous.

It costs just £3 to get in, and you can buy a map and guide to some of the more famous graves for another £1. This was for the east part; the west part seems closed for works at the moment.

It was so atmospheric. The trees and bushes press in close. Tiny paths wind through the stones, some of which have tumbled to the ground. There are grand tombs and simple stones. People have left flowers in places. It’s got such a mood, I could sit for hours.

You can see the graves of many famous people: political philosopher Karl Marx, writer Douglas Adams, artist Patrick Caulfield, feminist Ernestine Rose, Hudson Bay company boss Donald Smith, philosopher Herbert Spencer, and dozens more. But there are thousands of memorial treasures just waiting to be stumbled upon here.

Well worth an hour or two of your time.


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