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

All enquiries should be made via telephone, 020 8992 2924, or email [email protected]. 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. Please continue to respect the personal space of others within the cemetery grounds.

Cemetery opening hours

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

Fees and charges

Interment Fees

 

Public Grave (Gunnersbury Cemetery only)

Includes cost of shared headstone

  Resident Non-resident
Still-born/infants to 30 days  231.00 231.00
Child up to 12 years  1056.00 2112.00
Person exceeding 13 years  2111.00 4223.00

Private Grave (Gunnersbury / Hanwell cemeteries)

  Residents Non-resident
Still-born/infants to 30 days 231.00 462.00
Child up to 12 years 1056.00 2112.00
Person exceeding 13 years 2111.00 4223.00
Coffin longer than 6'9" and/or wider than 29" 2642.00 5283.00
Casket ( any size) 2642.00 5283.00

Ashes Grave

  Resident Non-resident
Single interment 419.00 839.00
Double interment 629.00 1258.00
Triple interment 839.00 1677.00

The Children’s Funeral Fund for England (CFF) is a scheme to provide funding for the fees charged for the burial of a child under the age of 18 or stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy. A claim will be made for any burials of this nature, that we undertake.

Private grave space prices - Gunnersbury cemetery

 

Standard grave 7'x3'

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment  3360.00 9801.00
For 2 interments 3188.00 9300.00
For 3 interments 3012.00 8784.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 2517.00 7344.00
For 2 interment 2390.00 6972.00
For 3 interment 2258.00 6588.00

Small grave 6'6"x2'6"

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 2465.00 7188.00
For 2 interment 2334.00 6807.00
For 3 interment 2202.00 6423.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1639.00 4782.00
For 2 interment 1585.00 4623.00
For 3 interment 1497.00 4365.00

Ashes grave 3'x2'

  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment (maximum 4 caskets) 712.00 2076.00
Private grave space prices - Hanwell cemetery

 

Small grave 6'6" x 2'6"

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1258.00 3669.00
For 2 interments 1196.00 3486.00
For 3 interments 1128.00 3288.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1007.00 2937.00
For 2 interments 961.00 2805.00
For 3 interments 904.00 2637.00
Memorial permits

 

Gunnersbury and Hanwell cemeteries

  Resident Non-resident
Garden of remembrance  125.00 252.00
Small / Standard grave  262.00 522.00
Large / Double grave  376.00 750.00
Additions / Alterations to existing masonry  127.00
Additional inscriptions  71.00 144.00
Renovations / Lift and level  F.O.C
Inspection of staking of weak memorials  28.00
Inspection of bonding of weak crosses  94.00
Memorial bench plus annual maintenance (excluding inscription)  1,135.00
Removal and replacement of memorials

 

  Small / Standard Large Double
Headstone only 2'6" - 3'6" 385.00 512.00 n/a
Full memorial 2'6" - 3'6" 763.00 1020.00 2056.00
Grave maintenance service

 

Service Small Standard Large / Double Garden of remembrance
Planting twice per annum 271.00 301.00 421.00 138.00
Washing of memorial (6 times per annum) 100.00 100.00 153.00 52.00
Miscellaneous fees

 

Registering change of ownership 113.00
Replacement deed of grant 65.00
Life and re-level of memorial 107.00
Turfing 117.00
Intervening grave strips (must own botbh adjoining plots) 615.00

Searches of burial register

Per year searched 36.00
Certified copy of entry 25.00

Exhumations

  Resident Non-resident
Coffins 4307.00 8613.00
Ashes 434.00 868.00

Chapel fees

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (per hour) *Electric piano/organ available 114.00

Children's Funeral Fund

For fees relating to the burial of children aged under 18 years, the local authority will claim fees from the Children’s Funeral Fund.

For more information on the Children’s Funeral Fund, please visit the GOV.UK website.

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.

Last updated: 10 October 2023