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Roselawn Cemetery

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Cemetery location

129-131 Ballygowan Road



Enter from the Ballygowan Road.

Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Services Office is located on the 

Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building,
4-10 Linenhall Street,
BT2 8BP.

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


Cemetery opening hours

Date Opening hours 
November 2017 - February 2018  8am – 4pm (Monday - Saturday)
10am – 4pm (Sunday) 
Public holidays  Opening hours may vary during public holidays
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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

We run a free bus service for older people (aged 50 or above) travelling to and from Roselawn Cemetery and City of Belfast Crematorium.

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.


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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 our 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