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Location of Welford Road Cemetery
Leicester's first municipal cemetery, Welford Road Cemetery lies approximately a mile south of the city centre on the A5119. The cemetery is open every day of the year. There are no new graves available here but interments can be arranged in existing graves where there is still space.
A surprisingly tranquil spot, it is a classic Victorian cemetery with many of Leicester’s eminent personalities buried here and offers spectacular views across Leicester and beyond to the Charnwood hills.
Opened in 1849, Welford Road Cemetery is Leicester’s oldest municipal cemetery and one of the oldest in the country. Still in use today, the Cemetery is over 12 hectares in size with around 10,000 headstones and 35,000 graves, and is listed as a Grade 2 site in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. More information about Historic Parks and Gardens can be found here.
The Cemetery contains many fine examples of headstones and memorials reflecting a range of styles and materials. There are also many notable Victorians and Edwardians buried at the Cemetery who have played a role in Leicester’s history and helped to shape it into the diverse and unique city it is today.
In 2004 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Leicester City Council a grant of £759,000 to help fund a restoration project at the Cemetery. Work on site started in 2005 and culminated with the opening of a brand new Visitor Centre in the summer of 2006. In July 2007 it was announced that the Cemetery had won a prestigious Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces, and has received the award annually since then.
The Cemetery is a unique place close to the heart of Leicester and offers peace and tranquillity to the public visiting graves or those simply enjoying the abundant and diverse wildlife.
This cemetery includes a visitor centre, located by the main entrance. The centre is open to the public on Fridays, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and has information, leaflets and a public toilet suitable for disabled visitors.
Welford Road Cemetery is listed as a Park and Garden of Special Historic Interest (Grade II).
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