Cemetery advice and information

Cemetery fees and charges


All intended interments, including the scattering of ashes, must be arranged through the Cemeteries Office so that it is registered by ourselves which is a legal obligation. This can be done directly or through the services of a Funeral Director.

Interments can take place during the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding bank holidays and subject to availability.

Obtaining the rights to a burial or cremated remains plot

Reserving an interment plot will provide you with peace of mind, knowing that a space is available for when needed.

Grave spaces or Gardens of Remembrance plots may be reserved in your name in advance of an interment. If we have availability, neighbouring plots may also be reserved to accomodate numerous interments.

Lawned grave spaces, Gardens of Remembrance, and Woodland grave plots are currently available.

In order to reserve a plot, please contact the Cemeteries Office. We can then advise you on our availability, select a plot, and provide you with the necessary documentation.

For more information on our current prices, please refer to our Cemetery Fees and Charges list.

Grounds maintenance

Grass cutting, hedgerows and fencing, trees, path ways, and bins are maintained by Lancaster City Council's Grounds Maintenance team. Should you wish to report or discuss any Grounds Maintenance issues within our cemeteries, please contact the Cemeteries Office directly.

Dogs within our cemeteries

Dog control orders are in place throughout all of Lancaster City Council cemeteries - these grounds are not designated dog walking areas.

Dogs are allowed in our cemeteries, however they must be kept on a lead at all times, which is a by-law. There are no areas within any of our cemeteries where dogs are permitted off lead.

Please ensure that dogs remains on footpaths and highways, and not on the grassed areas which are burial areas.

Dog fouling must be disposed of immediately - there are waste bins in all of our cemeteries. When out with your dog you should always be prepared to clean up after it.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence not to clean up after a dog has defecated on public land. A person may be issued with an £80 fixed penalty fine if they do not clean up, or alternatively may be prosecuted through the magistrates court, where the maximum fine is £1000.

If you are aware of offenders causing a particular problem in your neighbourhood you can contact the dog warden service, who will investigate and take appropriate action. You can also report dog fouling on the Lancaster City Council website.


Please refrain from driving on grassed areas-vehicles must keep to pathways and should not be driven at excessive speeds.

Vehicles must not park across pathways which could cause disruption or block other cemetery users or funeral processions.

Access to our cemeteries by vehicle is restricted overnight, however pedestrian access is still in place.

Please ensure that when driving vehicles within our cemeteries that you remain on designated pathways. Please understand that grassed areas may infact be grave spaces, despite no memorials in place. This will avoid any distress to families visiting graves, and prevent potential damage to memorials.

Contravening any of these by-laws will result in on the spot fines and potentially further prosecution.

These regulations are in place so that those visiting graves within the cemetery can do so in a quiet, clean, and respectful environment. Our aim is to provide a peaceful, safe and attractive site for visitors. It should be a place of quiet reflection where the bereaved may visit graves, or where visitors may enjoy the peaceful environment and wildlife.

Visitors are welcome in Lancaster City Council Cemeteries. All are asked to respect the burial sites of those who rest within our cemeteries and to have careful regard for all graves and memorials.

Balloons and Chinese Lanterns

Due to our committment to biodiversity, we politely request that balloons, chinese lanterns or anything similar are not placed or released within our cemeteries.

Items such as this are proven to cause damage to wildlife, and litter the local area.

We appreciate that you may wish to mark the interment of a loved one or their birthday, so please contact our office for advice on acceptable alternative memorials.

Wildlife and heritage walks

We have produced two leaflets for walking trails.

The Torrisholme Cemetery Heritage Walk leaflet highlights points of interest and biodiversity within the Cemetery.

With the assistance of Friends of Poulton Cemeteries, we have also compiled Poulton Cemeteries Heritage Trail leaflet, which covers Morecambe Cemetery and the neighbouring closed churchyard.

These are available at Customer Service Centres at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls, Visitor Information Centres in both Lancaster and Morecambe, and on request by contacting the Cemeteries Office.

Lancaster Civic Society currently offer guided walks of Lancaster Cemetery (Quernmore Road) only. These tours are approved for permission from our office, but should you have any family history or burial enquiries, please contact the Cemeteries Office instead who will be happy to provide you with information directly from the official records.

Please note that no other guided walks are currently permitted within our working cemeteries so as to respect those visiting graves.

Receiving help with funeral payments

Financial assistance may be available from the social fund for a person seeking to arrange a funeral, depending on their financial circumstances.

Last updated: 17 April 2018