COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
Burials and cremations
Last updated: 12 April 2021
Burials and cremations are taking place, however there are restrictions in place. The number of people allowed to attend burial and cremation committal services has changed and will be based on risk assessment, which will be carried out by the funeral directors who organise and manage the arrangements. We have also refreshed our site risk assessments.
The chapel and facilities at City of Belfast Crematorium are closed to the public. A brief service or eulogy may be held outside the Crematorium building.
We deeply regret any distress caused to bereaved families during these difficult times.
Location and opening hours
129-131 Ballygowan Road
Enter from the Ballygowan Road.
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
||8am - 6pm
|Tuesday and Thursday
||8am - 8pm
||10am - 6pm
Getting to the cemetery
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
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), 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 (link opens in new window), which recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Water supply information
There is no running water at the following sections of the cemetery: Sections U, T, S, V and R.
Water bowsers are available on the roadside at the end of grave sections T and R.
You can also get water from:
- sections P, W and Y
- outside taps at the front of the office.
- the service yard
- all other buildings