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Roselawn Cemetery


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Address: 127 Ballygowan Road, Crossnacreevy, Belfast, BT5 7UD (entry is via Ballygowan Road).

Contact information: Call the cemetery site office on 028 9044 8288.

Opening hours:

DateOpening hours 
1 March to 31 March 8am - 6pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday) 
1 April to 30 September 8 am - 6pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
8am - 8pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday)
1 September to 31 October 8am - 6pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday)
1 November to 28 February  8am - 4pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 4pm (Sunday)
Public holidays Opening hours may vary during public holidays - View holiday opening hours

 

Access 

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.

Access during development work

NIE will be on site on Monday 3 November and Wednesday 5 November to carry out pruning to memorial trees, which lie directly under overhead electricity lines.

We're developing a new burial ground area (Section Z) at Roselawn Cemetery. Work is due to start on Monday 6 October 2014 until mid April 2015. Once it’s complete, Section Z will provide approximately 1,500 new graves.

There will be heavy plant machinery in this area. There will also be two-way site traffic in operation between Section Z and the crematorium car park.

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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History

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
Cemeteries and Crematorium Central Office
028 9044 8288
Roselawn Cemetery
127 Ballygowan Road
Crossnacreevy
Belfast
BT5 7UD