Britain's Most Prestigious Cemetery

Tours of Kensal Green

Tours begin on the portico of the Anglican Chapel, in the centre 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,and the 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 £12.00 per person (£10.00 concessions and members of English Heritage) on public tours. Generally these are small groups of a maximum of seven people. If you are bringing a group any larger, you may wish to consider a private tour.

Tour Length & Guides

Tours last for about two hours, and usually conclude 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. Depending on volunteer trustees being available, tea and biscuits are usually available after tours.

Group / Themed Tours

Private Group Tours

Private tours typically cost £12 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 contact form.

Themed Tours

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

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.

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