Famous London Cemeteries

Visiting a London cemetery may not seem like the most obvious place for a visitor to London too experience and most people feel a bit strange about wandering around a cemetery.

For those with an interest in history and gardens, a visit to one of London's cemeteries will provide you with a tranquil respite from the city and a fascinating insight into 19th century Britain. The cemeteries listed below are free to visit.

If you discover any other free London churches or have any comments about the cemeteries listed below, please contact What's Free in London and let us know.

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This is an image of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in London

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Opened in 1841, The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, is one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries, and is now a designated park and Local Nature Reserve.

Today it is 33 acres of "managed" mature, broadleaved woodland and meadow. It is also a educational resource to 7000+ school children every academic year who use the Park as an outdoor classroom.

Opening times:

Cost: £0

Location: Southern Grove, Poplar London E3 »

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Bunhill Fields Cemetery Park

Bunhill Fields is unconsecrated ground that has been used for centuries as a burial place for Nonconformists, Dissenters, and other people who died outside of the Church of England.

Opening times: during the summer

Cost: £0

Location: Bunhill Fields, City Road, London EC1Y »

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Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery, one of London's Magnificent Seven historic cemeteries, is a magical place, combining historic monuments, trees and wildlife with the stories of the remarkable people buried here. It is designated Grade I on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens.

Regarded as one of the finest Victorian Metropolitan cemeteries in the country, it has a formal layout with a central avenue leading to a chapel based on St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Amongst its shady walks are over 35,000 monuments - many of historical importance.

Brompton Cemetery covers 16.5 hectares and is located near Earl's Court in South West London.

Opening times: during the summer

Cost: £0

Location: Fulham Rd, London SW10 9UG »

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Nunhead Cemetery

Nunhead Cemetery is one of the seven great Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around the outskirts of London. It contains examples of the magnificent monuments erected in memory of the most eminent citizens of the day, which contrast sharply with the small, simple headstones marking common, or public, burials.

Nunhead Cemetery's formal avenues of towering lime trees and original Victorian planting gives it a truly Gothic feel. Its history, architecture and stunning views make it a fascinating and beautiful place to visit.

Opening times: during the summer

Cost: £0

Location: Linden Grove, London SE15 3LP »

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Kensal Green Cemetery

The General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, is one of Britain's oldest and most beautiful public burial grounds. One of the world's first garden cemeteries, and doyen of London's Magnificent Seven.

Opening times: during the summer

Cost: £0

Location: Harrow Rd, London W10 4RA »

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City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is set out in 200 acres of beautiful grounds and consists of over seven miles of roadways, 32 acres of formal gardens and five ceremonial chapels.

Opening times: during the summer

Cost: £0

Location: Aldersbrook Rd, London E12 5DQ »

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