Visiting the cemetery

Southampton City Council manage five cemeteries, all of which are open every day of the year and are easily accessible by public transport

Hollybrook, St Mary Extra and South Stoneham cemeteries each have their own chapel in which funeral services can be held and all cemeteries offer sections of ground to cater for different religious denominations.

Cremation plots

Also available within the following cemeteries are below-ground, cremated remains plots which can hold up to four sets of cremated remains.


Our cemeteries are a peaceful place for quiet reflection. Please respect other visitors and the grounds when you visit.

A few simple courtesies will ensure the cemetery remains a respectful environment:

  • Dispose of your litter in the bins provided
  • Remove dead flowers to the bins provided
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
  • Keep noise to a minimum
  • Respect the graves of others

Grass cutting

The cemetery staff regularly cut the grass in the cemeteries; the frequency of cuts is dependant on weather and the number of burials taking place. This practice mainly occurs between March and October. Please be aware that areas may be left uncut to protect memorials and preserve the wildlife and plants.


The cemeteries are managed in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977. Burial authorities are responsible for maintaining statutory burial registers, grave plans, establishing rules and regulations relating to the management of the cemeteries and the memorials permitted within them and setting fees for burials and memorials.