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Unlike most cemeteries, we are not run or funded by a local council. We rely on entrance charges, membership subscriptions and any other funds that we can raise to enable us to maintain and enhance Highgate Cemetery. We’re paid for by the people who value us the most: visitors, Friends, and grave owners.
All the money we raise is devoted to the preservation of the cemetery: we don’t make a profit.
The information we collect about you will be used for the purposes of administering your membership only. Your data will never be sold or passed to any third party except as provided for in our Privacy Notice. When you join the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust you become a member of the limited company. The Companies Act specifies the circumstances when we may be obliged to disclose personal data.
Open daily except 25 and 26 December. Different opening arrangements apply to the East and West.
The East Cemetery is where Karl Marx is buried. Visitors may roam freely on this side, but there is an entrance charge.
10am to 5pm (March to October)
10am to 4pm (November to February)
last admission 30 minutes before closing.
We may close for short periods to facilitate funerals. In addition, for your safety, strong winds or icy weather may occasionally require us to close the cemetery to visitors.
Admission: £4 adults, children under 18 and Members free. School groups £1 per child.
Find out more about the East Cemetery including our occasional tours.
Please remember to allow sufficient time to visit the East Cemetery if your tour is late in the day.
Our address is Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ
Download our handy map
ARCHWAY tube, High Barnet branch, Northern line. (Don’t go to Highgate tube – it's a much longer walk!). Take the Highgate Hill exit. Then either take a bus (210,143, 271) two stops to Waterlow Park or walk up Highgate Hill. It’s then a very pleasant five minute stroll through Waterlow Park to our gates.
The tube system is often affected by engineering works and station closures. Please check your journey in advance at www.tfl.gov.uk.
C2 stops at Parliament Hill Fields. C11 stops at Brookfield Park. Buses 143, 210 and 271 stop at Waterlow Park on Highgate Hill.
There is no off-street visitor parking. Parking restrictions are in place on the surrounding streets between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Friday. After those times and at weekends, on-street parking is free.
Note that there is no access to Swain’s Lane from the north.
There is a bicycle rack outside the West Cemetery gates.
To find out whether someone is buried here, go to Searches
Monday to Friday
General enquiries 020 8340 1834
Burials, memorials, grave ownership 020 8347 2471
Filming or photography requests 020 8347 2472
Group visits 020 8347 2475
Volunteering 020 8347 2474
The cemetery can get muddy underfoot, so do wear sensible shoes.
Still photography of graves is allowed for personal use only. We don't allow the cemetery to be used as a backdrop for unrelated subjects such as fashion shoots. No video. You can use a tripod, but not on tours.
No animals are permitted with the exception of assistance dogs.
Visitors to the West cemetery should be aware that the paths are steep, and the tour route also includes two flights of stairs. The East cemetery is on a gentler slope with no steps and predominantly tarmac paths and is more easily wheelchair accessible. A small amount of disabled parking is available outside the cemetery’s entrance on Swain’s Lane. There is a disabled toilet in the West Cemetery. For further information, please contact the office in advance of your visit.
You can download a full set of our rules here.