Nature Travel

Magnificent Seven || Brompton Cemetery

It’s been awhile since I’ve covered one of the Magnificent Seven; London’s seven famous Victorian cemeteries. I’ve actually been to Brompton Cemetery before, to go on one of their rare catacombs tours, but I hadn’t actually take any photos of it. (Pre blogger days, obviously!)

Brompton is now an area of conservation and is Grade 1 listed. It’s also the only cemetery in the country owned by the Crown, and so is managed by the Royal Parks. It’s visited by over 700,000 people per year and takes up 39 acres. Believe it or not, around 205,000 people are buried in Brompton. The top of my “to visit” was the grave of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.  

I have no idea why I love cemeteries so much; I just find them fascinating, and not in the least bit scary. Especially Victorian ones. If there were ever a people who could be “good” at death, it’s Victorians. A bit macabre, but true. 

You can read about Highgate, West Norwood or Nunhead. I still have Kensal Rise, Tower Hamlets and Abney Park left! 

angel anglican chapel arches bluebells brompton cemetery chapel and graves crosses and rotunda crosses grave graves lined pathway masoleum memorial outside brompton plane rotunda tomb

Earl’s Court is the closest Tube station and the gates open at 8am till sunset. 

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  • Christine Everyday

    Such great photos!

  • I love graveyards too. I will definitely be dragging my husband around this one πŸ˜€

    • Do it! But I definitely recommend timing it for one of the days when they open the catacombs up to tour groups – it’s awesome! x

  • I never think to visit graveyards but there is something very interesting about them. xx

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  • I love visiting cemeteries too! There;s something so beautiful and haunting about them that just makes me feel at peace.

    • I feel at peace in them as well. I still can’t believe out coincidental posts! Great minds! Though yours had more beautiful flowers!!! x

  • I love cemetery tours & stuff like that. Not ghost tours but actually learning about the art and the people buried there. That cemetery looks like there might be some interesting residents!

    • I did a tour of this cemetery’s catacombs and it was amazing. But my all time favourite tour was through Highgate cemetery – it was so interesting! x

  • Miu

    I also don’t think cemeteries are scary, they are some of the most peaceful places.
    And, I really like your new layout (it’s new, isn’t it?)

    • It is indeed – thanks for noticing! I’ve been tinkering with it for the past few days and am hoping to have all the kinks worked out shortly! x

  • Ooh, this is really interesting! I love cemeteries too – so fascinating and macabre, it’s always fun to have a wander through them. Love the photos with the bluebells too – so pretty! I’ll think I have to actually start visiting the London cemeteries properly now I’ve lived in London for nearly 7 years!