Brompton Cemetery is one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. It combines historic monuments, tranquil greenery and eclectic tales of the people buried in its beautiful landscape.
Brompton is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries established in the 19th century. These large spaces were created outside central London to cope with the demands of a rapidly-growing population. In 1838 the architect Benjamin Baud won a competition to design the cemetery, and he created a neoclassical marvel of sweeping colonnades, symmetrical features and the crowning glory of a chapel rotunda.
Who is buried at Brompton Cemetery?
In keeping with other cemeteries of the era, Brompton was intended to serve as a garden providing public recreation as well as burial space. It was opened in 1840, and now 205,000 people from all walks of life are buried here – from the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to Chelsea Pensioners, from artists and actors to the founders of Chelsea Football Club! It contains 35,000 monuments, of which 28 are Listed.
Brompton is still open to new burials today, and is the only cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation. With over 700,000 visits a year, it offers valuable open space in a densely-populated city; its 39 acres provide a rare peaceful haven for wildlife and visitors alike. Brompton Cemetery is designated Grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens, has several Listed Buildings, and is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance.
Discover our Top 25
The sheer scale of Brompton Cemetery can be daunting, which is why we’ve picked a shortlist of 25 intriguing people and places to make a beeline for when you visit. Using our handy downloadable map of Brompton Cemetery, you’ll be able to take in all the key sights on an hour’s stroll. What else will you discover along the way?
Download the Brompton Cemetery 'Top 25' guide
Expand you knowledge!
If you have a little more time, or come back for another visit, you might like to explore our Top 100. Our new guide contains 4 self-guided walks: The Top 25, Garden Cemetery, Heroes and Pioneers, and Creative Characters.
Download the Brompton Cemetery 'Top 100' guide
Find out more about the history of the Cemetery and those buried here from the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.