Highgate’s West Cemetery is the famous half of the cemetery and normally it’s open for guided tours only, but they are now allowing people in to wander around freely.

They tested the idea in the summer for a couple of days, and it seems to have worked, as they are back during December weekends and some of the post-Christmas dates.

The West Cemetery is home to the most impressive architectural features of Highgate Cemetery — the Chapel, Colonnade, Egyptian Avenue, Circle of Lebanon, Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum of Julius Beer.

(c) Highgate Cemetery

This is still an operational cemetery and they ask that visitors respect the privacy of those visiting graves by moving away from the area and keeping noise to a minimum. They also ask that you don’t take photographs of recent graves, or of anyone visiting them, which is perfectly sensible advice when visiting any cemetery.

Timed entry is between 10:15am and 2:45pm, with the cemetery closing at 4pm. Tickets cost £10 per adult and must be booked in advance here. If for some reason you don’t see the questions that should pop up, then read the H&S briefing here.

The price includes entry into the East Cemetery as well — the one with Karl Marx in it.

Tickets will not be sold at the Cemetery. Do not turn up without a ticket as you will be refused entry.

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