View larger map Address: 743 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT16 2QY (entry is via Upper Newtownards Road).
Contact information: Call the cemetery site office on 028 9048 0193. It is open from 10am to 2pm (Monday to Friday) and 9.30am - 12.30pm (Saturday).For queries outside these hours, please contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Central Office on 028 9027 0296.
Opening hours: 1 to 31 March - 8am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10am to 6pm (Sunday), 1 April to 30 September - 8am to 6pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), 8am to 8pm (Tuesday and Thursday) and 10am to 6pm (Sunday), 1 to 31 October - 8am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10am to 6pm (Sunday) and 1 November to 28 February - 8am to 4pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10am to 4pm (Sunday).
Access information: Take Metro 4, 20 and 20A from Belfast city centre. Limited parking is available on the cemetery roads but there is a five miles per hour speed limit throughout the site.
Access to many of the graves is via narrow and uneven grass paths. The cemetery site office has a ramp but its layout is not suitable for wheelchairs. There are no disabled toilet facilities.
About the cemeteryDundonald Cemetery opened as a municipal burial ground in 1905.
There are no new grave plots available in the cemetery, but burials still take place in existing graves. However, we only provide a grave burial service and do not offer natural burials in the cemetery.
The entrance to the cemetery is marked by an imposing set of black and gold double gates. At the highest point stands a grey limestone war memorial, around five metres high. It is embedded with large bronze Excalibur-type swords which form the shape of a cross at the top of the monument.
The engraving below them reads: "This cross of sacrifice is one in design and intention with those which have been set up in France and Belgium and other places throughout the world where our dead of the Great War are laid to rest. Their name liveth for evermore."
Burial recordsYou can now look up burial records online using our search facility.
The service allows you to search for burial records in Belfast from 1869 onwards. Around 360,000 records are available relating to Belfast City Cemetery, Roselawn Cemetery and Dundonald Cemetery.
HistoryIn 1895, Belfast Corporation (now the council) realised that more burial space was needed to cope with the city's growing population. Two years later, it bought 45 acres of land at Ballymiscaw, Dundonald, for £5,600. The site was known locally as Donall’s Fortress because of a nearby fort.
In 1904, plots were allocated out and a quarter of the cemetery was set aside for Roman Catholic burials, a decision which was later revised. The first burial in Dundonald Cemetery took place on 19 September 1905.
The Co. Down railway once ran along the rear boundary of the graveyard. Cemetery records show that, on one occasion, a horse pulling a coach containing relatives returning from a funeral was startled by a passing train. The horse bolted and damaged three tomb railings in the burial ground before being brought under control. The railway line is now the Comber Greenway, a seven-mile pedestrian and cycle route.
Famous burialsAmongst those buried in the cemetery are:
- John Carey (1861-1943) – landscape artist
- Sir Thomas Dixon (1868-1950) - High Sheriff for Co. Antrim in 1912 and Co. Down in 1913. Dixon also served as Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast between 1924 and 1950.
- Lady Edith Stewart Dixon (1871-1964) - wife of Sir Thomas Dixon. Lady Dixon was made a Dame of the British Empire for her work with soldiers during World War I. She donated her family estate, now Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, to the people of Belfast. The Dixons are buried in section B3 of the cemetery and their grave is marked with a very large, imposing black granite memorial.
- Dr Thomas Fleming Stevenson Fulton (1887-1974) - founder of Fleming Fulton School
- Oscar Heron (died 1953) - famous gypsy horse dealer
- John McCandless (died 1913) - managing director of Belfast Ropeworks Ltd
- Sir Frederick Ernest Rebbeck (1877-1964) - chairman of Harland and Wolff from 1930 to 1962
- William John Stewart (1868-1946) - MP for south Belfast.