View towards York Cemetery chapel

York Cemetery reception  is currently open Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm. Meetings with Wendy Harrison, the manager are by appointment only. Please post any correspondence through the letterbox. Alternatively, phone 01904 610578, or email admin@yorkcemetery.org.uk

Grave searches and family history enquiries should be directed to the genealogy volunteers, via email or the website.

See link for York Cemetery opening times. Please be aware the gates will remain closed for the duration of an Amber or above weather warning, issued by the MET office for York.

Please note that the toilets are now open at weekends, but on weekdays only for those attending funeral services. 

Water for those tending graves is available from the taps to the left of the Chapel, and just outside the Gatehouse, but please bring your own container because only a limited number of watering cans are provided.

There are ongoing building and groundworks on site. Please keep to paths wherever possible, and take care not to cross work barriers, or approach staff or construction workers.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Self guided walking trails >

Welcome to the official website of York Cemetery. This is the place to find out about all of the Cemetery’s business and social activities.

York Cemetery is a grade II* listed landscape and is one of only two privately owned Victorian cemeteries in the UK.  Founded in 1837, it now encompasses 24 acres and is administered by The York Cemetery Trust with support of the Friends of York Cemetery.

York Cemetery is a working burial ground. At the same time, it provides opportunities for conservation, education, and informal recreation within a protected environment close to York city centre. Trustees, staff, Friends, and volunteers all work to achieve the right balance between the provision of a community facility and support for the environment.

If your particular interest is genealogy and family history, you will want to contact our genealogy team, email them at info@yorkcemeterygenealogy.org.uk A knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of specialist volunteers will be pleased to help with your enquiry, although the genealogy office is currently closed for face to face enquiries.

On site parking in the Cemetery may be restricted from Monday to Friday when funerals are in progress. There is limited parking for families attending services and funerals.  Alternatively, there is a pay & display car park in nearby Kent Street.

Restoration and cleaning service

York Cemetery Trust’s in-house stonemason is now offering a bespoke restoration and cleaning service. This includes the restoration of lead lettering, cleaning and refitting of kerb sets and the straightening of historical monuments as well as clearance of vegetation. Please contact the Cemetery office for a quotation: 01904 610578 or email admin@yorkcemetery.org.uk


Britain in Bloom 2019 certificate


The Friends of York Cemetery was delighted to receive a Platinum Award, in the Parks, Public Gardens & Cemeteries Category of the RHS Yorkshire in Bloom Competition 2019 gaining 88 points out of a possible 100.

The Judges overall impression was:

“The area is quite unique covering many aspects of horticulture, arboriculture, and wildflowers over 24 acres. The nature of the site has an abundance of wildlife and all involved, including many volunteers, should be very proud of their efforts. The team are constantly reviewing the development of the site which in turn keeps the site refreshed and engaging all the year round. The newly installed signage is to be commended. I wish the group well in their development of a visitor centre/workshop along with toilet facilities. I was delighted to hear that the Friends had recently been awarded a Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award.”

Sadly the 2020 Yorkshire in Bloom Awards have been cancelled but we will be back in 2021.