- Brompton Cemetery map
- Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, West Brompton SW10 9UG
- Work 0207 352 1201
Opening times and price
- Opening hours:
- 7 AM to 4 PM (Nov-Jan); 7 AM to 5 PM (Feb, 2nd half of Oct); 7 AM to 6 PM (Mar, mid-Sep to mid-Oct); 7 AM to 7 PM (Apr, 1st half of Sep); 7 AM to 8 PM (May-Aug)
- Visiting hours are subject to change
- Ticket cost:
- Adults free entry
- Time required:
- A typical visit to Brompton Cemetery lasts 1 hour (approx)
Getting to Brompton Cemetery
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- London bus fares
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- The nearest train station to Brompton Cemetery is West Brompton
- London underground fares
Brompton Cemetery was just one of a whole rash of cemeteries built in London during the early 19th-century. The city was suffering from a severe shortage of burial space at the time – with bodies packed in the floors of chapels, crammed-in inches from their neighbours. People had even started to complain of the stench during the hot summer months, so the Government stepped in to alleviate the crush.
They authorised the construction of seven large commercial cemeteries around the edge of the city, the most famous being Kensal Green and Highgate.
History of Brompton Cemetery
Whilst Brompton Cemetery does not have the same pull as its illustrious cousins, it does contain a chapel based on St. Peter’s in Rome. Its most famous body is that of Emmeline Pankhurst – a leading Suffragette who fought to win women the vote.
Other famous names include Mr Nutkin, Mr McGregor and Tommy Brock – all names to be found in the works of Beatrix Potter. It seems that she spent an inordinate amount of time walking around the cemetery, and used the graves for inspiration!
- Guest – “Not great. The tour did not start on time and ran for longer than advertised. Symbolism and flora were explicitly excluded from comments. Also, this is not a free tour. The 'donation' is actually a charge of £5. Found the tour had potential to be interesting but felt emphasis was placed on the least interesting aspects. Overall would recommend going elsewhere or explore on your own.”
- BOB – “We always have a nice stroll through here at the weekend with the missus. It's nice and flat so doesn't wear you out and we always stop to read the gravestones. There are some very poignant tales on some of them. It's not the flashiest cemetery I’ve ever seen, they've got some nice big ones dotted all over but it's the little normal ones that have the best stories on them. So money doesn't guarantee that you will be remembered.. Sometimes its the smallest gravestone that plucks the heartstrings the most.”
If you enjoy this then try: Crossbones Graveyard (catch the tube from West Brompton to Crossbones Graveyard) and Highgate Cemetery (catch the tube from West Brompton to Highgate Cemetery).