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Roselawn Cemetery

Coronavirus update

In line with emergency legislation, our cemeteries are closed to the public, sculptors and contractors. Access is only allowed for funeral corteges.

Roselawn Crematorium

We have closed the chapel and facilities at Roselawn Crematorium to mourners.

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.

Cremations will be carried out but no family or friends can be in attendance.

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 following a cremation or by appointment. They 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 telephone 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.

From 6 April 2020, we are suspending the burial or scattering of cremated remains across all sites. We are contacting families who have booked a burial of cremated remains after this date.

Burial arrangements

As we continue to review our service delivery in response to COVID-19, we are introducing further measures in relation to burial arrangements at our cemeteries:

  • We are advising funeral directors and families that only single burial plots may be bought.
  • In keeping with government guidelines, only immediate family should be present at the burial (limited to 10 people).
  • All those 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 to protect themselves and others.
  • Commitals will be limited to 15 minutes.
  • Mourners are asked to leave the graveside immediately after the committal, and avoid any contact with each other.
  • If the family wishes to live stream the burial, they may do so provided the funeral director and faith representative is in agreement with this, and it does not cause a delay in the committal. 

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.

Work on memorials

We have suspended the processing of all memorial applications and are not authorising new memorials or additional inscriptions. Work permits will not be issued. It is not possible to sign in at cemetery offices.

Water supply information

Due to supply issue 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.

Cemetery opening hours

Date Opening hours 
1 November to 28 February   8am - 4pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 4pm (Sunday)
1 March - 31 March   8am - 6pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday)
1 April - 30 September 8am – 6pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
8am – 8pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday) 
1 - 31 October 8am - 6pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday)
Public holidays  Opening hours may vary during public holidays
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Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Services Office is located on the 

Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street

Our phone number is 028 9027 0296.

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

Office opening hours

 Day  Time
Monday and Friday  8.30am - 4pm 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  9am - 4pm 
Saturday  8.30am - 11.30am

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

Last updated: Thursday 26 March 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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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Since this video was produced, we now have an additional cemetery within Belfast City Council which is Knockbreda Cemetery.

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