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Roselawn Cemetery

Coronavirus update

Roselawn Cemetery is open to visitors on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday.

Roselawn Cemetery opening hours 

Day Open 
Tuesday 5.15-8pm
Thursday 5.15-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm


For opening times in Belfast City, Dundonald and Knockbreda cemeteries, go to:

• Cemeteries update

Roselawn Crematorium

We have closed the chapel and facilities at City of Belfast Crematorium to mourners.

Cremations will be carried out and a maximum of 30 mourners can now be present at a short outdoor committal at the front of the Crematorium Chapel, outside the main building.

We are working with funeral directors, undertakers and faith groups to make sure that bereaved families are aware of these new measures and are given support at this difficult time. We understand that families may want to make alternative arrangements to hold a service or ceremony elsewhere.

We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all those who are bereaved in these very difficult circumstances.

Arrangements for collecting cremated remains from Roselawn Cemetery

Cremated remains can be collected by the Funeral Director. Alternatively, families may collect remains by appointment. Collection times are currently limited to Saturdays, from 3pm - 4pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm - 6pm. Families will need to make an appointment by ringing the Crematorium Office on 028 9044 8342. Cremated remains can only be collected by the person named on the applicant’s instructions to crematorium form.  Photographic ID is also required.

Please telephone 028 9044 8342 to arrange an appointment.

When you come to collect:

  • Please go to the external entrance door at the Floral Hall and call 028 90 448342. A member of staff will bring the cremated remains to you.
  • Stay by the entrance door and maintain social distancing of two metres while the door is open.  ID can be viewed through the glass.
  • You will not be required to sign anything.  Our crematorium staff will record the name and date within the register.
The burial or scattering of cremated remains has resumed across all sites.

Burial arrangements

Burial arrangements are in place at our cemeteries:

  • Following recent changes in government guidelines a maximum of 30 mourners can now be present at the burial.
  • Everyone present must follow social distancing guidance  – you should not attend if you are symptomatic or self-isolating.
  • Mourners will be asked to stand five metres away from the grave. Cemetery staff will be wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Commitals will be limited to 15 minutes.
  • In order to keep everyone safe mourners are asked to leave the graveside immediately after the committal, and avoid any contact with each other.
  • If the family wants to live stream the burial, they can do this if the funeral director and faith representative agree and it does not cause a delay in the committal. 

The burial or scattering of cremated remains has resumed across all sites.

We recognise this is a distressing time for anyone who has lost a loved one. These measures are being put in place to protect staff who are carrying out this critical service, and also to protect members of the public.

We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all those who are bereaved in these very difficult circumstances.

Work on memorials

The processing of applications for new memorials and additional inscriptions has resumed.

All applications will be completed electronically and site visits will be by appointment only. Please email or call the Cemeteries Office on 028 9027 0296.

Water supply information

There is no running water at the following sections of the cemetery: Sections U, T, S, V and R.

Water bowsers are available on the roadside at the end of grave sections T and R.

You can also get water from:

  • sections P, W and Y
  • outside taps at the front of the office.
  • the service yard
  • all other buildings


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Cemetery location

129-131 Ballygowan Road
Crossnacreevy Belfast

Enter from the Ballygowan Road.

Bereavement services

Our telephone number is 028 9027 0296.

Contact our Bereavement Services office if you have a query about our cemeteries. 

Monday and Friday  8.30am - 4pm 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  9am - 4pm 

Access information

Take Ulsterbus no. 12 from Laganside bus centre, Oxford Street in Belfast city centre. Car parking is permitted on most roads but there is a five miles per hour speed limit throughout the site. Disabled parking is also available. 

Access to graves in the older sections and many of the memorial trees is restricted. The cemetery site office has a ramp and a low-level counter for disabled visitors. Accessible toilets are also available.

Free bus service

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended the free bus service to and from Roselawn Cemetery and the City of Belfast Crematorium.

Disability access

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About the cemetery

Roselawn Cemetery is Belfast’s main municipal cemetery. It opened in 1954 and is also home to the City of Belfast Crematorium.

Roselawn is currently the only graveyard we operate with new burial plots available. However, we only provide a grave burial service and do not offer natural burials in the cemetery.

Roselawn Cemetery has been awarded the Green Flag, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

Reflections Coffee Shop

If you're organising a service for a loved one at the City of Belfast Crematorium, you may want to provide refreshments for relatives and friends.


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Knockbreda Cemetery
Church Road 

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After World War II, burial space at Belfast City and Dundonald Cemeteries was limited. Belfast Corporation (now the council) was forced to look outside the city boundaries to find a suitable site for another graveyard. 

They eventually bought land at Crossnacreevy from Down County Council and work began on the new burial ground. Roselawn Cemetery was laid out in 1952 as a ‘lawn’ cemetery and the ground was formally consecrated in 1954. 

Roses were planted along the main driveway, giving the site its name. In 1961, the City of Belfast Crematorium, the first of its kind in Ireland, opened its doors, with the first cremation taking place in July 1961. 

However, pressure on burial space continued and, in 1979, the cemetery was extended by 17 acres. Further land has been added over the years, and the site has been landscaped with lakes to make it more appealing to visitors.

The cemetery contains the remains of an ancient ráth or ringfort. A ráth is a fortified settlement made of earth. The site at Roselawn is believed to be from the Iron Age or early Christian period.

Burial records

Search burial records online using the record search facility

Search for burial records in Belfast from 1869 onwards. Around 360,000 records are available from Belfast City Cemetery, Roselawn Cemetery and Dundonald Cemetery.

Famous burials

Among those buried in Roselawn Cemetery are Northern Ireland footballer George Best (1946-2005) and Unionist MP James Kilfedder (1928-1995). 

The site also contains graves connected to the Troubles, including those of police and prison officers, soldiers and victims of the Abercorn Restaurant, Oxford Street and La Mon House Hotel bombings.

Contact us
Roselawn Cemetery and Crematorium
028 9044 8288
129-131 Ballygowan Road