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