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Brompton Cemetery is one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. It combines historic monuments, trees and wildlife with the stories of the remarkable people buried here. 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 is still a working Cemetery. As one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries, it was opened in 1840 by the West London and Westminster Cemetery Company to respond to the demands of a rapidly growing city. Designed by Benjamin Baud in the neo classical style, Brompton Cemetery was intended to be a garden for public recreation as well as providing burial space.

With over 700,000 visits a year, the Cemetery is a valuable open space in a densely populated area of central London. Its 39 acres provide a rare haven of peace and tranquillity for wildlife and visitors. It 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.

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.

Discover our Top 25

We’ve picked a shortlist of 25 fascinating people and places to visit within the cemetery. You should easily be able to stroll around these in an hour using our handy downloadable guide, below. What else will you spot along the way?

Brompton Cemetery Top 25 (PDF 2297.59 KB)

Find out more about the history of the Cemetery and those buried here from the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

Brompton Cemetery Restoration

In this recorded presentation Board of Trustees' Wesley Kerr OBE and Park Manager Andrew Williams discuss the restoration of the cemetery.

Wesley Kerr and Andrew Williams discuss the restoration of Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery in film

The gothic splendour of Brompton Cemetery has been irresistible to many film-makers. The elaborate Victorian gravestones and buildings have been the backdrop for period dramas, romantic comedies and thrillers.

The Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project

The results of the Brompton Cemetery Restoration Project

The Quick and the Dead

Between 2018 and 2019, On the Record buried themselves in a little house within Brompton Cemetery. This two-part documentary is about the Londoners who work, love, and dream among the gravestones. 

Queerly Departed

Brompton Cemetery is full of stories, and to coincide with LGBT History Month we're highlighting those buried here who we would identify today as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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