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Haunted Places: Highgate Cemetery/Vampire

Updated on April 18, 2013

Highgate, London

Looking for a great cemetery to investigate? Highgate Cemetery in Highgate, London is the place to go. Resting place of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams, Highgate cemetery is one of the most haunted cemeteries in the UK.

Opened in 1839, Highgate is said to house 53,000 dead, approximately 900 famous people, and over 170,000 engravings. Ghosts are said to be abundant there and roam all over the graveyard. The infamous Egyptian avenue is guaranteed to have ghosts on it’s path curious about your presence. The most reports people have heard from this cemetery about from the ghost of Rossetti. The urns and the catacombs are in The Circle of Lebanon house. The ghosts walk this path as well

This amazing cemetery also has some darkness to it. There have been reports of dead animals in the cemetery that have had their blood drained. People believe that occult practices are responsible for this. Also, in 1963 two girls witnessed something extraordinary. They were walking home late one evening past the cemetery when they suddenly saw bodies starting to emerge from the tombs.

Another incident happened with a couple when they were passing by the cemetery. They saw a phantom emerge hovering behind the gates’ iron railings. Both of them experienced a paralyzing fear as they looked at this terrifying figure. Another group of people reported the same figure again hovering above the gates. I think many females that are huge fans of vampires are going to get excited about when I report that this phantom is a vampire. They believed also that this vampire is responsible for the animals that had their blood taken. In 1971, a girl claimed that she was attacked by a vampire. She was walking home late in the evening when suddenly she was thrown to the ground by an aggressive figure. It was tall and black with an extremely pale face. Fortunately for her, a car was coming just in time and she was helped.

The vampire vanished quickly. The girl was taken to the police station shocked by what had just happened. She suffered minor injuries and the police went to investigate the area where she was attacked. Unfortunately, no evidence or explanation was found. What’s strange is that this road was lined by 12 ft walls. The vampire barley had any time to vanish. Perhaps the myth that they can turn into bats is true.

A man also experienced the vampire and claimed he was hypnotized by it. He was walking around Highgate Cemetery out of curiosity one day. When nightfall came, he decided it was time to leave. However, since it was so dark, he was lost. Looking for the gate, he suddenly felt something right behind. Looking behind him, he said he was “hypnotized with fear” when this tall black figure that was the vampire was looking right at him. The fear was so intense that his body felt almost paralyzed. Moments later, the vampire left.

Witnesses have also reported a bike rider and a man with a top hat.

Besides visions of phantoms, unseen sounds and winds come from the mausoleums and arches. It is also known that there are haunted headstones and demons roaming the cemetery. Visitors have said that they get touched on the cheek by something cold and hear whispers and cries. There have been occasional alien sightings as well at the cemetery. Besides the hauntings, Highgate cemetery is a beautiful place to visit during the day. That would probably be the best time to visit if you want to avoid all the paranormal activity, including the vampire.


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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Love it, wow. Aside from the fact that it tickles me that Douglas Adams and Karl Marx are spending an eternity together in the same place, that is quite a chilling story. There are a lot of haunting stories that you can easily chalk up to overactive imagination, but when more than one person would claim to be attacked by a vampire in the same place just rings all kinds of alarms for me. It would be a fascinating place to visit.

    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear manofmystery24,

      As you say Highgate Cemetery is a place heavy with mysticism . Perhaps we should not be surprised if you concentrate the spirits of thousands of the deceased that we are concentrating those unexplained powers.

      Thank you for a well written article. Voted up, awesome and interesting.

      Kind regards Peter

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks reading and sharing Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wow voted up and awesome. I'm very much into the paranormal. This was fascinating. Thanks for sharing. One cemetery I sure would like to visit vampire or no vampire. Passing this on.

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @klarawieck- I'll keep it in mind!

      @Grim Master- I totally get it!

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      Grim Master 

      6 years ago from Below the Earth

      Must visit. I'm fond of visiting cemeteries at night.

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      6 years ago

      Good luck! Don't get stuck in the twilight zone! Do let me know what you find out. I'm interested.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Wonderful hub and fascinating phenomena!!

      I wonder if the paranormal phenomena goes back to Victorian times? It would explain why Bram Stoker used Highgate as his cemetery for Lucy Westenra when she became Dracula's first victim in England!

      Great hub + voted up!

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Making a goal to do investigate this place!

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      6 years ago

      This place has it all. They should call a paranormal research team to investigate and try to get some of these things on video. Thanks for sharing.


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