Open daily except 25 and 26 December. Different opening arrangements apply to the East and West.
The East Cemetery is where Karl Marx is buried. Visitors may roam freely on this side, but there is an entrance charge.
10am to 4pm (November to February)
10am to 5pm (March to October)
last admission 30 minutes before closing.
We may close for short periods to facilitate funerals. In addition, for your safety, strong winds or icy weather may occasionally require us to close the cemetery to visitors.
Admission: £4 adults, children under 18 and Members free. School groups £1 per child.
Find out more about the East Cemetery including our occasional tours.
Please remember to allow sufficient time to visit the East Cemetery if your tour is late in the day.
There is a bicycle rack outside the West Cemetery gates.
As there is no off-street visitor parking, we encourage you to leave your car at home if possible. Parking restrictions are in place on the surrounding streets between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Friday. After those times and at weekends, on-street parking is free. We do keep a small number of parking spaces for grave owners.
To find out whether someone is buried here, go to Searches
Monday to Friday
General enquiries 020 8340 1834
Burials, memorials, grave ownership 020 8347 2471
Filming or photography requests 020 8347 2472
Group visits 020 8347 2475
Volunteering 020 8347 2474
The cemetery can get muddy underfoot, so do wear sensible shoes.
Still photography of graves is allowed for personal use only. We don't allow the cemetery to be used as a backdrop for unrelated subjects such as fashion shoots. No video. You can use a tripod, but not on tours.
No animals are permitted with the exception of assistance dogs.
Visitors to the West cemetery should be aware that the paths are steep, and the tour route also includes two flights of stairs. The East cemetery is on a gentler slope with no steps and predominantly tarmac paths and is more easily wheelchair accessible. A small amount of disabled parking is available outside the cemetery’s entrance on Swain’s Lane. There is a disabled toilet in the West Cemetery. For further information, please contact the office in advance of your visit.
You can download a full set of our rules here.