With Halloween approaching and thoughts turning to ghosts, goblins and ghouls, this is the time to visit north London’s atmospheric Highgate cemetery.

The final resting home of over 170,000 people in 53,000 graves, Highgate Cemetery has several very famous residents, including Karl Marx, Malcolm McLaren, Douglas Adams, poet Christina Rossetti and the novelist George Eliot. It is also the resting place of the singer George Michael who is buried in a private part of the cemetery, not accessible to visitors.

Yet it is the Victorian mausoleums, the elaborately carved tombs guarded by graceful angels and the overgrown graves that are its principal attraction. The cemetery is split into two halves – East and West. Access to the eastern side costs from £4 (children under 18 go free) and you can wander at leisure.  The western side can only be visited on a guided tour which costs from £12 per adult (children aged 8-17, £6; no entry for under-8’s).

Opening hours, admission details and contact details from the Highgate Cemetery website.