1. United Kingdom
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  3. London

Victorian London and Special Access Highgate Cemetery Tour

Product ID: 147651
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This tour takes you on an unforgettable walk through Victorian London and immerses you in the marvels and madness of one of the greatest eras of social revolution that the world has ever witnessed.
About this activity
Duration 3.75 hours
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Live guide
English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy vivid stories and historical information from a guide who specializes in Victorian History
  • Immerse yourself in the marvelous and macabre of Victorian London, from steam engines and swanky hotels to body snatchers and workhouses
  • Visit some of the city's oldest train stations, like King's Cross, which features in the Harry Potter movies
  • Investigate the ancient graveyard of St. Pancras Old Church
  • Explore corners of modern London with unexpected links to the Victorian Era
  • Go to Highgate Cemetery, the most beautiful and atmospheric burial ground in London, including Catacombs and the grave of Karl Marx
Full description
Travel back into this teeming, tumultuous time and via parts of the city that still maintain a strong Victorian character. You’ll even see the most atmospheric and melancholy cemetery in the city.  Your tour begins at Kings Cross Train station, one of the most jaw dropping in London where you’ll meet your expert guide and small group of no more than 15 fellow travelers. You’ll also learn how something as seemingly commonplace as the train changed the entire course of history.

Passing the site of one of London’s first fast food shops (oysters, anyone?) pause outside the Renaissance Hotel, once the most expensive in London. As you take in its imposing red-brick facade, your guide will tell you the story of the creation of the British "middle class" in the Victorian era. As you make your way to St. Pancras Old Church you’ll traverse an area that used to be covered with slums and learn about the reality of life for the type of people who were evoked so vividly by writers like Charles Dickens. Arriving at the church, come face to face with another one of the grim realities of Victorian life: too many dead people. Hopping into the tube at a nearby underground stop, you’ll learn about the epic history of the world’s oldest subway system, which was also a product of the Victorian age.

Disembarking at Archway station, stroll through Highgate Village, stopping to see Victorian schools where children (childhood was actually a concept invented by Victorians) were educated, or workhouses, where the less fortunate ones labored like slaves. Now it’s time for the highlight of your tour: Highgate Cemetery - the most beautiful and atmospheric of London’s “Magnificent Seven” Cemeteries. To end your tour, pop over to the West Cemetery to see the grave of Karl Marx whose ideas and theories captured, perhaps better than any others, the tensions and contradictions of the Victorian era and predicted the way they would continue to affect the world today. After your tour, your guide will accompany you back to King’s Cross and give you plenty of hints and tips on what else to see during your stay, as well as restaurant recommendations.
Includes
  • Entrance to Highgate Cemetery (East and West side)
  • London Underground journey (Mornington Crescent to Archway and Archway to King's Cross)
  • Bottled water upon arrival to Highgate
  • Headsets
  • Small groups of 15 or smaller
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off

When you get there

Meeting point

This tour meets at Kings Cross Train Station under the departure boards, next to LEON restaurant at the Sir Nigel Gresley Statue. Euston Road, London, Greater London N1 9AL

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Know before you go
• Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
• For security reasons, Highgate Cemetery may subject to unforseen closures due to high winds and/or ice.
• This tour includes an underground train ride. Unfortunately the underground station is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is thus not suited to people confined to a wheelchair, as it requires walking short distances, including down and up stairs.
• Tour in English only.