It opened in June 1840 when it was consecrated by the Bishop of London, Charles James Blomfield. Its founder was the architect, inventor and entrepreneur Stephen Geary. It is a working cemetery and one of the magnificent seven cemeteries.
Emma Shaw was the first person to be buried in the cemetery on 18th June, 1840.
It is 39.5 Acres (16 hectares) and lies between Old Brompton and Fulham Road on the western border of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
South Gate off Fulham Road, North Gate off Old Brompton Road
West Brompton – District Line (Wimbledon branch)
Earl’s Court – District and Piccadilly Lines
14, 74, 190, 211, 328, 414, 430, C1, C3 all operate near Brompton Cemetery
Parking is available on site for grave licence holders only
About 205,000 people from all walks of life are buried in Brompton Cemetery, from the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to military personnel and Chelsea Pensioners, artists, actors and founders of Chelsea Football Club. There are some 35,000 monuments of which 28 are Listed.
Yes- Public tours are offered every Sunday from May to August, and on two Sundays each month from September to April. Tours begin at 14:00 from the South Lodge, just inside the Fulham Road entrance, and last about two hours. A donation of at least £8 per adult contributes toward the work of the Friends. Further details are available on our events page
Yes, but only on days shown in the programme - in 2018 on 22 April, 22 July and 15 September on each day from 11.00 to 4.00. You need to book, so it is advisable to arrive as early as possible, so as not to be disappointed.
Although 500 places were sold when the catacombs first opened, many of them remain empty and the exact number of interments is not known although it is thought that there may be a few hundred people interred in the catacombs.
Chief Long Wolf was a Native American Chief who had originally come to England with Buffalo Bill’s show to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 50 year reign, however, on a later visit he died and was buried on the East side of the cemetery and there is a monument with a wolf on the tombstone which shows where he was buried. His remains were later removed and re-interred in the Dakota Hills in accordance with the First Peoples’ tradition.
Over 135 species of plant life have been recorded so far, and of these 30 were deliberately planted. and are a mixture of native, planted and naturalise plants. There are at least 50 different species of trees, including the well known London Plane and Yew or the more exotic such as the Deodar Cedar and Japanese Cherry.
Wildlife and ecology are considered one of the most important aspects of the cemetery by the visitors and is very diverse. Walks and talks take place regularly and there are a number of insects and even beehives there are bats as well as foxes and squirrels are often visible when visiting.
There are many ways in which volunteers can contribute. If you are interested in considering these opportunities further please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can become a member and/or volunteer with The Friends of Brompton Cemetery, for further details see our Friends page. The Friends of Brompton Cemetery is an independent organisation entirely reliant on the work of volunteers and is keen to recruit not only new members, but people with the time and energy to contribute actively to the well being and upkeep of the cemetery. This is especially important as the extensive developments arising out of the Heritage and Big Lottery Fund project rely heavily on volunteer work.
We do not know for sure, but know that we have at least forty different nationalities interred in the cemetery.
Yes, but the dog must be on a lead at all times and be kept on the designated paths, and carry your pick-up bag.
This beautiful landscape is the only Cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation.
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, and in addition all of the cemetery buildings are Grade II* Listed.
The conservation work aims to reflect the needs of a range of visitors and protect the wildlife, retaining the unique character of this historic Cemetery and will focus on the following but will continue to develop these and other aspects of the cemetery over the coming years:
Redevelopment of the North Lodge with information centre, shop, WCs and cafe
Restoration of the Chapel, Central Colonnades and Catacombs
Conservation of historic landscape, buildings and monuments
Wildlife conservation to maintain and improve existing habitats
Community engagement and access improvements
Volunteers helping to conserve and interpret the cemetery
Financial sustainability with enhanced visitor facilities and funerary business
There are least 700,000 visits to the cemetery annually.