TOURS OF KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY

Tours begin at the Anglican Chapel

Tours begin on the porch of the Anglican Chapel, in the middle of the cemetery.

The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery offer guided tours of the cemetery every Sunday afternoon from the beginning of March to the end of October,andthe first and third Sunday of the month in November, December, January and February. Every tour provides an introduction to Kensal Green, its history, architecture and development, and to some of the many famous (and infamous) figures buried within this great necropolis.

The Sunday tour begins at 14.00 from the steps of the Anglican Chapel, at the centre of the cemetery; please allow at least ten minutes to walk from either of the two gates. To support the work of The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, we request a donation of £7.00 per person (£5.00 concessions and members of English Heritage) on public tours. There is no need to book on the regular Sunday tours, unless you are bringing a group of more than ten. Larger groups may wish to consider a private tour (sidebar, right).

Tours last for about two hours, and usually conclude with tea and biscuits at the Dissenters' Chapel, where the Friends' bookstall offers a selection of guidebooks and other publications, as well as postcards and badges.

Tours are offered in all weathers, so please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and walking shoes. Tours proceed at a leisurely pace, and keep to the safest paths, but visitors who have difficulty walking on uneven ground are advised to use their discretion.

All tours are led by volunteers from Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, many of whom are professional guides and lecturers. There is no standard tour, so no two visits are ever quite the same. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery may join the weekly tour as often as they like, at no charge.

Following an environmental survey in preparation for the restoration of the entire Anglican Chapel complex, the General Cemetery Company has suspended tours of the catacomb beneath the Anglican Chapel, but all tours can now visit the small catacomb beneath the Dissenters' Chapel. Although guests are welcome to take still photos during the cemetery tour, as the catacombs were intended for private interment, photography is not permitted within the catacomb.

Visitors are asked not to film or record any tour except for reference, with the express permission of the guide.

Photography, filming and audio recording

Still photography of monuments and landscape is permitted throughout the cemetery, but all photographers are expected to behave discreetly and to treat the landscape and monuments with care and respect. Formal permission from the General Cemetery Company is required for all commercial photography, for filming and recording of any kind (including social media, podcasting and Webcasting), and for photography or filming with models, amateur or professional. Please contact the General Cemetery Company directly for information.

 

Special Tours

The general tour can be tailored for group visits on any day of the week. The Friends also offer a range of special tours for societies, clubs and schools, on themes including:

Ne’er-do-wells
Aristocrats & Royals
Great & Notorious Women
Explorers & Adventurers
Science, Medicine & The Law
Chartists & Reformers
Brunel, Engineers & Railways
Immigrants & Achievers
19th Century Writers
The Friends of Charles Dickens
Victorian Artists
Music Hall & The Edwardian Stage
Winners of the Victoria Cross
The Crimean War
World War I Fighters & Flyers
Funerary Monuments

Themed tours and tours appended to other events, such as a meeting in the Dissenters' Chapel, can also be devised on request. Private tours typically cost £10 per person (minimum £50) for a two-hour tour concluding with light refreshments in the Dissenters' Chapel.

Only the Friends' own trained guides are authorised to lead tours in the cemetery; private groups wishing to bring their own guide must ask permission from the Friends or the General Cemetery Company.

For further information, please contact Henry Vivian-Neal, Chief Guide, via the Friends' information line on 07530 676151 (mobile), or The Friends of Kensal Green.

Special Tours at Kensal Green

Members of the Sydney Smith Association enjoying lunch at the Dissenters' Chapel before a tour of Kensal Green on the day of their AGM

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