Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Tour - Atlas Obscura

London, England

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Tour

Take a stroll through one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries as we examine the poisonous plants which reside there.

Join us for a special tour of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries and the city's most urban woodland. 

Opened in 1841 and closed for burials in 1966, the City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery is now a designated park, Local Nature Reserve, and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. Thirty-one acres of beautiful and atmospheric woodland in the heart of East London, the cemetery is an important home for rare and endangered species of plants and animals and serves as an open-air classroom for local students.

On this tour we'll join Ken, the Cemetery Park Manager, for a walk through the park and cemetery. We'll hear the stories of the east end and the lives lived by the cemetery's permanent residents, all while discovering the plants and wildlife of the park. We'll look for early wildflowers, grand Victorian monuments, and take time to enjoy the early spring season as we start to break away from winter woes. Ken will also share with you tales of the darker side of plants common garden botanical that have the ability to kill, such as Buttercup, Yew, and Foxglove. Be prepared to touch, taste, and smell many of the plants that make Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park their home.


  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
  • Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing.
  • Toilets, coffee, and tea will be available upon arrival.
  • Meeting point: Enter via Tower Hamlets' main gates on Southern Grove, E3 and come to the front of the building on your right called the Soanes Centre. There, you'll find Field Agent Leyla Royale waiting to check you in.
  • This is is two-hour walking tour; comfortable footwear is highly recommended.


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