Burials and Cemeteries

Following the decision by the NI Executive (24 April), cemeteries across Ards and North Down reopened on 25 April 2020 at 1pm.  

Updated Wednesday 28 July

From 1 August, cemeteries will be open from 8am – 9pm.

Cemetery opening hours vary throughout the year as below: any changes to these times will be communicated via our website and social media channels. 

  • November to February: 9am - 4pm
  • March & October: 9am - 6pm
  • April & September:8am – 8pm
  • May to August: 8am – 9pm

Please adhere to social distancing measures when visiting the cemetery. No use of cemeteries for reasons of exercise please. Please do not attend any of the cemeteries if you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid19: please follow Public Health Agency advice, remain in your home and book a test.


To protect the integrity of the burial service over the coming weeks and months, we are implementing a number of measures.

These include: 

- restricting the number people attending funeral grave side services to 30 mourners only (From 1 July in line with NI Executive guidance)

- ensuring ‘social distancing’ measures of two metres in line with public health advice.

- limiting the duration of grave side services to 15 minutes.

We recommend not to shake hands to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are aware that shaking hands is a widely accepted practice however, by avoiding unnecessary contact we can, collectively, do our best to reduce the spread of this virus. 

To protect our cemetery staff, additional protective equipment has been issued. This includes face masks, glasses and gloves.  

Your first contact for funeral enquiries is the undertaker who can make all the arrangements for you, including: 

  • liaising with the council regarding the date and time of burial
  • opening a grave or buying a new grave

Burials are arranged with the staff in the council offices for cemeteries which are maintained by the council.

The cemeteries administration office address is 2 Church Street, Newtownards and the telephone numbers are 028 9182 4001 or 028 9182 4002.

About our Cemeteries

Currently the only cemeteries with new graves available to pre purchase are:-

  • Greyabbey
  • Loughview
  • Kircubbin
  • Kirkistown
  • Whitechurch

There are no new graves available in the following cemeteries but burials can still take place in existing graves:-

  • Bangor New
  • Comber
  • Priory

The following cemeteries have graves that can only be purchased at the time of an Interment:-

  • Clandeboye
  • Movilla
  • Ballyvester
  • Redburn

To view the Cemeteries Rules and Regulations please click here
To view an up to date list of Cemetery charges please click here


If you require a headstone to be put in place, contact a headstone memorial sculptor who can make the necessary arrangements with the council regarding the submission of plans to the Cemeteries Administration Office, 2 Church Street, Newtownards for approval. 

Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Services Officer is located in 2 Church Street, Newtownards.
Telephone 0300 013 3333 Ext 40302 
Contact our Bereavement Services if you have a query about our cemeteries.


There is only one crematorium in Northern Ireland, which is located at Roselawn in Belfast and is under the control of Belfast City Council.  In this case your undertaker will advise you as to how to proceed with arrangements.

Roselawn Cemetery
127 Ballygowan Road

Telephone 028 9044 8288

Searching for burial records from before 1869?

In Northern Ireland, most information is held by the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) which contains archives dating back to around 1600. Some material can also be searched online through the PRONI website

You can also call PRONI on 028 9053 4800