View towards York Cemetery chapel

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Welcome to the official website of York Cemetery. This is the place to find out about all of the cemetery’s business and social activities.

York Cemetery is a grade II* listed landscape and is one of only two privately owned Victorian cemeteries in the UK.  Founded in 1837, it now encompasses 24 acres and is administered by The York Cemetery Trust with support of the Friends of York Cemetery.

York Cemetery is a working burial ground. At the same time, it provides opportunities for conservation, education, and informal recreation within a protected environment close to York city centre. Trustees, staff, Friends, and volunteers all work to achieve the right balance between the provision of a community facility and support for the environment.

If your particular interest is genealogy and family history, you will want to visit the companion website, www.yorkcemeterygenealogy.co.uk. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of specialist volunteers maintain the website, which concentrates on this important aspect of York Cemetery.

On site parking in the cemetery may be restricted from Monday to Friday when funerals are in progress. There is limited parking for families and Blue Badge holders.  Alternatively, there is a pay & display car park in nearby Kent Street.


£315 pcm

Ground floor room available (4.5 x 3.4m) with its own phone line and desk, shared access with other tenants. Call the Cemetery Manager (Wendy) on 01904 610578 to arrange a viewing.



With its first ever entry the Friends of York Cemetery was delighted to receive a Gold Award in the Open Spaces Category of the RHS Yorkshire in Bloom Competition 2017.

The Judges overall impression was

“With so many activities going on all year round this Friends group are a truly community inspiration.

Just by looking at the Guided Walks, Talks and Events List shows the dedication and commitment these volunteers have to the project.

With many themed walks: The Victorian Section; Scented Walk; Rock Garden; Herb Garden; Orchard and Fernery all planted and maintained to create their own ecosystems, one is spoilt for a choice of walk and seating areas.

With such an array of biodiversity, and wildlife, (including bat monitoring and walks), the relationships with RSPB, Wildlife Trust and Bat Preservation Society, and with support from Genealogy Volunteers and Volunteer Wardens, this is a little known gem just off the city centre of York.”