The Haunting Beauty of Highgate

Angel sleeping on top of a grave in the western section of Highgate Cemetery


Highgate Cemetery in North London is world-famous for its monuments to the dead and its lush, haunting atmosphere


(You can see all of my Highgate Photographs by visiting the Spooky Isles Facebook Page here.)

Highgate Cemetery could well be the world’s most famous final resting place. And certainly no place on the planet has such a reputation as a spooky place.

Today I ventured on the Northern Line tube to visit the cemetery for the first time (despite having lied in London for over a year) and found it to be an amazingly atmospheric and Gothic place to visit.

Highgate Cemetery was built over 37 acres in 1837 when the graveyards of London could no longer cope with its increasing dead population. It is part of a series of seven private burial grounds built at the time. Highgate is still a working cemetery and there are about 167,000 people buried in the cemetery in about 52,000 graves.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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3 Comments

  1. What a fantastic article and superb photographs. One cemetery I would actually die just to get to visit. Poor show on the part of the Tour Guide.

  2. I visited the Eastern part of Highgate a couple of years ago and was very lucky to have great weather. I would have loved to have seen the West but maybe next time. Will just have to hope for nice tour guide.

  3. I work there…. Really must visit it at some point!! And Chingford Mount where the Krays are buried *ooooooh*

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