Location, Access and Opening Hours

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Kensal Green Cemetery is located in west London, on a 72 acre (29 hectare) site bounded on the north by Harrow Road, on the west by Scrubs Lane, on the east by Ladbroke Grove, and the south by the Grand Union Canal.

There are two gates in daily use on Harrow Road, and a door leading to Ladbroke Grove:

  • The Top Gate (just to the west of Kensal Green Underground Station) admits both cars and pedestrians during regular opening hours. This gate also leads to the independent Roman Catholic cemetery of St. Mary.
  • The Main Gate, to the east near the junction with Ladbroke Grove, is for pedestrians only, and generally closes an hour before the Top Gate. This monumental structure also houses the offices of the General Cemetery Company.
  • The door on Ladbroke Grove, adjacent to the Dissenters' Chapel, allows access to Friends' lectures and special events when the gates are closed; this entrance is not usually open during regular cemetery hours.

Please also note that the Upper, Royal or Queen Victoria Gate, mid-way between the western and eastern gates, is no longer in general use.

The nearest London Underground stations are Kensal Green on the Bakerloo Line and Ladbroke Grove on the Hammersmith and City Line. The cemetery is also served by buses 18, 23, 28, 52, 70, 295, 316 and 452; please use the Journey Planner button under the map, above, to plan your journey with Transport for London. There is limited parking in front of the Main Gate on Harrow Road.

For tours, please allow at least ten minutes to reach the Anglican Chapel, in the middle of the cemetery, from any entrance.

Please note that, while the principal avenues are roughly paved for vehicle access, most of the paths are packed earth or gravel, and the ground throughout the cemetery is extremely uneven. Stout shoes or boots, and extreme caution, are advised for any excursions off the marked paths.

Opening hours

Summer (1 April to 30 September)
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 to 18.00 (Top Gate*)
Sunday: 10.00 to 18.00 (Top Gate*)
Bank Holidays (UK National Holidays): 10.00 to 13.00 (Top Gate*)

Winter (1 October to 31 March)
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 to 17.00 (Top Gate*)
Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00 (Top Gate*)
Bank Holidays (UK National Holidays): 10.00 to 13.00 (Top Gate*)

* Please note that the Main Gate and Ladbroke Grove entrance generally close at least half-an-hour before the Top Gate; closing time is clearly posted at both gates.

Exhibitions, lectures and special events are held in the Dissenters' Chapel , London W10 5AA, at the east end of the cemetery, which has a discrete entrance on Ladbroke Grove, just north of the Grand Union Canal.

Ladbroke Grove entrance

Ladbroke Grove entrance

Entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel

Entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel

The Ladbroke Grove entrance is a brisk fifteen-minute walk from Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line) or Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith and City Line) tube stations, and is served by buses 18, 23, 52, 70, 295 and 316. Please use the links above to Transport for London Journey Planner or streetmap.co.uk to plan your journey to Kensal Green.

Tel. 07530 676151



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