East Cemetery open late until 9pm Thursday 6th August—last entry at 8.30pm


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East Cemetery open late until 9pm

Thursday 6 August 2015 £4 entrance. £8 entrance and tour.

If you’d like to experience the special atmosphere of Highgate Cemetery East in the soft evening light, then now’s your chance.

Last admission will be at 8.30pm on the first Thursday of the month in June, July and August.

Entrance £4. Just turn up before 8.30pm! No need to book.

Evening East Cemetery tour at 7.30pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

Tour tickets £8, including East Cemetery entrance charge.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.  Book now

An evening with Audrey Niffenegger - SOLD OUT

Thursday 13 August 2015 £25Book now


A special tour of the West Cemetery, with the author of The Time Travellers Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry.

Audrey will talk about how the cemetery inspired particular scenes, characters and themes in her book Her Fearful Symmetry and the ways that The Friends of Highgate Cemetery and its former Chairman Jean Pateman helped and changed the way she went about writing the book.

Followed by refreshments and a chat  in the Cemetery's chapel.

The tour takes place even if it's raining and the paths are steep and sometimes muddy so please do wear appropriate footwear.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

Introduction to Relief Carving and Letter Cutting

Saturday 12 September 2015 £95Book now

10.30am - 4pm

Led by Highgate’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically designed as a follow on day for those who have attended our Taster Days or for those with some experience of stone masonry.
Develop your tool skills further, gain awareness of perspective in carving and have a go at a relief carving to your own design or a specialist typeface of your choice.
This day of carving in 2 dimensions is also an essential day for those, who would like to start carving in 3.
A piece of Portland Stone for you to take home is provided,
Tools and personal protective wear provided.

Honeycombs on Catacombs – A talk by Highgate Cemetery Bee Keeper Ian Creer

Thursday 17 September 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Highgate Cemetery Bee-keeper, Ian Creer, will talk about honey bees in general and in particular, those resident in Highgate Cemetery.
Ian will cover the differences between honey bees and other bees native to the UK, our relationship with them (including their importance to agriculture and the environment) and the life-cycles and roles within the honey bee hive. He will also discuss the threats to honey bees, the causes and remedies, and compare honey bees in the countryside to those in the City; in particular, those in the cemetery, their forage and the type of honey they produce compared to honey from other sources.
Ian will be bringing along a demonstration hive.

Battle Field Surgery: Blood Pus and Pain

Thursday 15 October 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Discover the gory facts and curious tools used in a time before anesthetics and antiseptics.  Meet Mr King, Crimean Surgeon RN, for an enlightening demonstration of the techniques in the theatre of war (not for the faint hearted).

Geoff King will share his wide knowledge of historic medical technique with his amazing collection of real and replica instruments and a little audience participation.  Discover how an amputation took place, what happened if you had a bladder stone and learn about the kind of injuries occurred during war.