Laurel Hill Cemetery2 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA, United States
- Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Tags: Cemetery
Laurel Hill Cemetery Reviews & Ratings
Incredible, beautiful, and a macabre treasure well worth a visit if you're in the Philadelphia area. I visited in the afternoon on a Sunday, parking was very easy, and the cemetery wasnt crowded at all, which made the visit rather peaceful. I walked for almost 3 hours, and still didn't see everything there was to see. There's a great visitor's center with a gift shop. I purchased a mug, and the folks working there were very friendly. I'd give the experience 10 stars if I could, it was a perfect Sunday before driving back South.
I recommend downloading the Laurel Hill App before visiting, and listen to an audio tour. We discovered that the 78 acre cemetery is not only the final resting place of famous Philly luminaries such as General Meade, Rittenhouse, and Harry Kalas (beloved announcer for the Phillies). But, you can also view the grave and photo of Robert Cornelius, who took the world's first selfie. The cemetery is a National Historic Landmark with lush landscaping overlooking the Schuylkill. It's free to visit, dog friendly, and you can park outside or along the roads inside. Do take a guided tour of Laurel Hill in the sunshine and with a flashlight for the full experience. Perenially on the list of "most haunted places" in Philly--you'll see why.
Awesome historic cemetery. Very important design and layout. They have a number of different outreach activities; movies in the cemetary (we saw Young Frankinstien), a 5k just in Laurel Hill, guides tours, self guided tours, and many many more fun things to do. (Who knew a cemetery could be fun!) They have a small museum and the staff are extremely helpful.
Beautiful and historic settings while attending the Market of the Macabre
Without a doubt one of the most beautifiul spots in all of Philadelphia. I attended a tour called Designing for the Dead, an architecture focused tour. It was a two hour, comprehensive, entertaining tour for 15.00, including refreshments at the end. This was my first visit to this historically rich, lushly landscaped, hidden gem, but will not be my last!