Highgate Cemetery and Lunch

Highgate Cemetery was opened in 1839 as part of a plan known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. This day out gains you access to the hidden corners of this beautiful, historic site.


West Wing

Nowhere captures better than Highgate Cemetery West the special atmosphere of the Victorian cemetery. Visit by guided tour only. In this 90-minute guided tour of the West Wing, you will see iconic graves and the first ever plot in the cemetery.


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. 

East Wing

You will then have time to explore the East Wing where the graves of many well-known figures reside, such as world-famous philosopher and sociologist, Karl Marx. Highgate Cemetery was such a success that the East side was opened in 1860. It was run by the London Cemetery Company. 

When Karl Marx was buried here the cemetery was a private, profit-making commercial operation. However, as it filled up, it became uneconomic as a private concern and was rescued by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery. Burials have continued here since the Friends took over in 1981 and the cemetery continues to serve the needs of North London.

This day out includes a lovely two course lunch in a nearby venue. Please note, there are two flights of stairs on the normal route. If you have access requirements, please be sure to let us know in advance. 

One free place after 30 paying passengers


“It’s not everyday I would go to a cemetery for a day out, but Highgate is truly something else. 
You HAVE to go!”

Groups 10+ (max 40) £32.50pp
11:15 90 minute guided tour of Highgate Cemetery’s West Wing
12:45 Free time to explore the East Wing of the Cemetery
13:45 Two course lunch in Highgate
Free time to explore or depart for home