No, you don’t have to book. It, like Marc Bolan’s Rock Shrine in Barnes, London is free to visit. But check the opening times of the crematorium because if you are in a ‘quiet corner’ you can end up accidentally locked in.
Golders Green Crematorium
Golders Green, London
Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 7NL
- Golders Green Station (0.4 km)
- Brent Cross Station (1.1 km)
- Finchley Road & Frognal Station (1.3 km)
- Contact us:
020 8455 2374
Gipsy Lane, Barnes, London SW15 5RG
“This site is a Must Visit for everyone interested in 1970’s music. London Boy Marc Bolan & T-Rex achieved huge success as the creator of Glam Rock. Friend Ringo Starr described the hysteria dubbed T-Rextacy as being “Bigger than the Beatles”.” more...
5 reviews of Golders Green Crematorium in English
1 October 2012
This weekend September 30th 2012 celebrated the 65th birthday of Marc Bolan. Fans and family of Marc Bolan visited Golder’s Green crematorium to pay tribute and decorate the new bench that now sits opposite Marc Bolan’s resting place. It is a beautifully carved and awesome tribute to him. A carved swan takes pride on the back of the bench and the arm rests boast two carved Unicorns. Some of his family decorated the hedge with balloons, a baby photo of Marc and Boa’s. There were many visitor’s during the day from 11.30 onwards including some relatives. Marc Bolan died on the 16th September 1977 , two weeks before his 30th birthday. A girl named Crystal came all the way that day from her country to meet up with someone but they didn't turn up for the second time. so other fans kept her company and shared stories. It turned out to be a lovely day for her despite her original let down. The Bolan fans are quite a community it would seem, a sort of family. Worth a visit and the bench is a great tribute.
As far as crematoria go, this isn’t so depressing. Yes, it has a seriously drab building with sombre chapels. Nevertheless, the surrounds are beautiful, there is easy access and free on-street parking (there may be some restrictions).
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This is London’s first crematorium and was built in 1902. Apparently Golders Green was know to be “the place” where famous names from the arts and media chose to be cremated or buried.
There have been 300,000 cremations here which is more than any other crematorium in Britain.
When you enter the first thing you see are the walls covered in memorials which take up every available space. They are quite interesting to read with quite a few famous names.
Famous names to look out from the showbiz world for include Peter Sellers, Keith Moon, Joyce Grenfell and Marc Bolan.
It is also the resting place of several authors, musicians and Anna Pavlova the famous ballerina.
It covers 12 acres and is a very peaceful relaxing place to visit. There is a lot of wildlife including squirrels, foxes, rabbits and loads of birds. I actually saw a woodpecker for the first time there.
Over the road is the Golders Green Jewish Cemetery which is also well worth a visit.
Do you have to pay to get in? Can you help me please. O and do you have to book? Thanks
Kevin Warner, 7 February 2012:
GipsyLane77, 8 November 2012:
Gosh, no! When does one have to pay to visit the dead.:) There is no need to book to visit. Check the times as the crematorium closes earlier in the winter months.
Kevin Warner, 25 January 2013:
LOL insell. Your question was well asked, especially for places in London and Currently it is £3.00 for entry to Highgate East Cemetery any time they are open, but for the Highgate West Cemetery you have to pay and go round as part of a guided tour which get over booked in Summer. Highgate West Cemetery is well worth the money for the trip although you don’t get to see all of it in the time allowed. Both East and West still take internments so I assume relatives don’t have to pay, if they have proof.
It’s a calm and quiet place to visit - and open if you just want to wander round. I was actually taken here on a first date as a teenager. No jokes. And I wasn’t even a goth. But interesting to visit nonetheless. Downside is they don’t seem to chimney the smoke very well - meaning that people will encounter a lovely strong burning smell as they pass by at most times of the day.
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