Highgate Cemetery is a place of burial in north London, England. It is designated Grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It is divided into two parts, named the East and West cemetery. There are approximately 170,000 people buried in around 53,000 graves at Highgate Cemetery. Highgate Cemetery is notable both for some of the people buried there as well as for its de facto status as a nature reserve.
An Act of Parliament was passed in the 1830s which allowed joint-stock companies to purchase land and set up large cemeteries outside the boundaries of the City of London. The "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries were all laid out about the same time (1832–41). As well as Highgate, the others are Nunhead, West Norwood, Kensal Green, Brompton, Tower Hamlets Cemetery and Abney Park.