Visit to Highgate Cemetry West
Guided Tour | Highgate Cemetery West
Thursday 7 September 2017 - 11:15
An exciting opportunity to visit Highgate Cemetery West, to hear its history and gain an understanding of Victorian funeral practices. Highgate Cemetery was one of the earliest privately-run garden cemeteries in England, being the flagship project of the London Cemetery Company, established by Act of Parliament in 1836. It covers 17 acres and is divided into 2 parts – east and west. In 1975 Friends of Highgate Cemetery was formed to rescue it from the neglected and derelict state it had become. Today it is a beautiful wild garden full of fabulous architecture, sculpture and nature, including the Egyptian Avenue.
The group will meet for coffee from 11.15 at the nearby café in Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, London N19 5JF. The guided walk starts at the gates of Highgate Cemetery West promptly at noon. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and the ticket will allow free access to the East Cemetery should you wish to explore it afterwards. There are many notable memorials here including Karl Marx, Douglas Adams and Patrick Caulfield.
Please note that the West Cemetery has steps, steep and uneven paths and no seats.
This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.