Visit Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington
A plan by: Matthias
Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington is one of London's best hidden adventures. It opened in 1840 as London's first combined cemetery and arboretum, a botanical garden for trees. It's one of the 'Magnificent Seven' Victorian London cemeteries, along with Highgate (and five others, obviously). As much a wood as a cemetery, Abney Park is overgrown and messy and loads of fun to walk around, with an eerie ruined chapel and various statues and monuments. Two notable residents are William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army, and various notable figures from the campaign to abolish slavery. The Park was also the setting for Amy Winehouse's Back to Black video. Abney Park Cemetery is open till 7pm in Summer and 4pm in Winter every day. Stoke Newington is a bit of a faff to get to, but you can get the train to Stoke Newington station and be at the Cemetery gates in minutes, or walk about 30 minutes from Manor House tube, or get the 73, 67, 76, 106, 243, or 276 bus.
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Abney Park Cemetery
Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH, London
020 7275 7557
Nearest tubes: Dalston Kingsland, Manor House, Stoke Newington
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