Cemetery services

Borough cemeteries

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns and manages two cemeteries at Gunnersbury and Hanwell:

Gunnersbury Cemetery

Founded in 1929, Gunnersbury Cemetery is situated adjacent to Gunnersbury Park and occupies approximately 8.9 hectares of land. 

The main office covering both of the borough's cemeteries is located here. There are toilet facilities and car parking spaces for 45 cars. The cemetery also contains a chapel which has an induction loop fitted, an electric piano organ and a selection of suitable CD music for services. A Garden of Remembrance affords the interment of cremated remains.

The cemetery entrance drive is lined with displays of colourful flower tubs and floral bedding arrangements, including flowering shrubs such as camellias and roses along the side walls.

Address and contact details

 

Hanwell Cemetery

Founded in 1855, Hanwell Cemetery is approximately 7.7 hectares in size and generously planted with coniferous and deciduous trees, including holly and yew, which also line the entrance drive.

Address and contact details

 

Cemetery services

The Cemeteries Division aims to provide a sensitive and a caring service to users of the cemeteries, including:

  • administration and organisation of burial arrangements
  • attendance at interments
  • ensuring compliance with the associated legal requirements and Burial Codes of Practice

A 'maintained grave' service is also available for seasonal planting and maintenance of graves and covers:

  • the sale of grave spaces for future use
  • the issue of permits for the erection of monuments
  • the transfer of grave ownership and grave spaces

 

Cemetery Office

In light of current Government advice, the office has been closed to members of the public. All enquiries should be made via telephone, 020 8992 2924, or email cemetery.office@rbkc.gov.uk. The office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. The office is closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.

 

Visiting cemetery grounds

Our cemeteries remain open to the public. We ask visitors to remember the importance of social distancing, and to follow the rules regarding no mass gatherings. Please continue to respect the personal space of others within the cemetery grounds.

 

Funerals

The cemetery remains open for burials, but funeral attendance is limited to immediate family only and this must not exceed 10 people.

For the protection of our staff we are unable to accommodate witnessed backfills at this time.

 

Cemetery opening hours

The cemeteries' grounds are open to visitors from 9am daily. Closing times vary according to season:

Opening hoursMondays to SaturdaysSundays (and Bank Holidays)
January, November and December9am - 4.30pm9am - 4.30pm
February, March and October9am - 5.30pm9am - 5.30pm
April, May and September9am - 7pm9am - 6pm
June, July and August9am - 8pm9am - 7pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day: 9am to 4.30pm.

Cemeteries fees and charges 2020-21

Cemeteries rules and regulations

Exhumations

From time to time people from abroad make requests for the remains of friends or family buried in Britain to be exhumed and taken back to their native home. In order to protect the health of the grave workers and surrounding population, the Council's Environmental Health service must be notified of such cases and our agreement sought on the health precautions to be taken.