Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery, which opened in 1839, is a cemetery in North London which many famous people are buried in. Recently, my dad and I took a trip there. Whilst we were passing the entrance, I suggested to my dad that we should go inside the cemetery, and so we did. It was only £4 for an adult and it was free for me.

The entrance to the west part of Highgate Cemetery
The entrance to the west part of Highgate Cemetery

Note that there are two parts to the cemetery: the West part, which can only be entered by going on a tour, and the East part, which is the part we went into.

Once we entered the cemetery, I picked up a map, which gave us the position of many of the most notable people’s graves. Firstly, we went to see Karl Marx’s grave, where Karl Marx and some of his relatives are buried. It is interesting that there are two graves of Karl Marx; one is the original where he was first buried in 1883, and the other is a large monument built in 1956 where his body was reinterred.

Karl Marx's grave
Karl Marx’s grave

After that, we walked back towards the entrance to see the grave of Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He died in 2001, and his remains were cremated and put in the cemetery in 2002. We then strolled around some more, passing many different graves. Some of them were in different languages, such as Polish and Chinese.

Highgate Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery

Finally, my dad and I exited the cemetery after having a good look around. We both agreed that we were glad we went, and also, it was my first time going even though we have lived so close to Highgate Cemetery for a long time!

3 thoughts on “Highgate Cemetery”

  1. How amazing that you saw the graves of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books! I also live nearby, but can’t believe that I’ve never been. Hopefully I’ll visit sometime in the future, as it also looks really beautiful. 🙂

  2. Highgate Cemetery seems like a very interesting place. Maybe you should take us there when we next visit London.

  3. Hi Alex! Its so cool that Karl Marx is buried near you. I had no idea he even lived in London. Sounds like some fun London Exploration. Can’t wait to see you soon in Aspen! Love, Karen

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