Cemeteries in Medway | Burials | Medway Council

Cemeteries in Medway

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

New regulations have been published and Reg 18(10) contains this restriction:

A person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground must ensure that the crematorium or burial ground is closed to members of the public, except:

  • for funerals or burials
  • commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died
  • to allow a person to pay respects to a member of their household, a family member or friend

A limit of 30 people attending a funeral applies.

We are currently not offering pre-purchase grave selections. Pending burial selections are still ongoing.

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About the cemeteries

We have four cemeteries in Medway which are all suitable for burials, cremated remains and memorials.

Our cemeteries:

  • Chatham, Maidstone Road: 40 seating capacity
  • Gillingham, Woodlands Road: 60 seating capacity 
  • Rochester, Maidstone Road: 40 seating capacity
  • Strood, Cuxton Road: 50 seating capacity

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 1 April to 30 September, 9am to 7pm
  • Monday to Saturday: 1 October to 31 March, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Sunday (all year): 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • bank holidays and public holidays: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Visiting the cemeteries

We ask all visitors to act respectably and keep in mind that there may be burials taking place. To respect visitors please:

  • keep away from staff working and away from any open graves
  • do not remove any warning signs or safety markings, even on graves you’re caring for
  • keep to the roads and paths
  • do not park or drive over grass verges
  • dogs are welcome, but keep them on a lead and clean up after them

When planting flowers and shrubs:

  • only plant small flowers and shrubs
  • do not plant anything that has thorns or is poisonous
  • do not plant anything that might extend past the grave and interfere with other burials