Cemetery services

The cemeteries are owned and managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The graves and surrounding grounds are maintained by private contractors.

The Cemeteries Division aims to provide a sensitive and a caring service to users of the Royal Borough's two cemeteries at:

This involves the administration and organisation of burial arrangements, attendance at interments and ensuring compliance with the associated legal requirements and Burial Codes of Practice.

A 'maintained grave' service is provided by an agreement made with grave owners for seasonal planting and maintenance of graves.

Other functions of the service include the sale of grave spaces for future use, the issue of permits for the erection of monuments and the transfer of grave ownership and grave spaces.

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

Opening hours Mondays to Saturdays Sundays (and Bank Holidays)
January, November and December 9am - 4.30pm 9am - 4.30pm
February, March and October 9am - 5.30pm 9am - 5.30pm
April, May and September 9am - 7pm 9am - 6pm
June, July and August 9am - 8pm 9am - 7pm

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

Cemeteries rules and regulations [PDF] (file size 53.86 KB)
Cemeteries fees and charges 2018-19 [PDF] (file size 1.07 MB)

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. With two famous burial grounds in the Royal Borough, Kensal Green and Brompton, there are two or three such requests a year.