Cathays Cemetery opened in 1859; the first burial was Maria Dolores DePico, the 25 year old daughter of the Spanish Ambassador to Cardiff. Since then, there have been over 224,000 burials, including many notable Cardiff figures including mayors, shipping magnates, lords and many others who helped shape the city we know today.
In 2006, the Friends of Cathays Cemetery was formed to help preserve the historical legacy of the Cemetery as well as maintain the grounds for visitors. Today the Cemetery is a haven for wildlife as well as being valued for its rich historical legacy. The Cemetery hosts a varied and expanding programme of events through the year.
- Car Parking
- Vehicle Access
- Toilets (Fairoak road side – Accessible)
- Cremated Remains
Restoration of Cathays Cemetery Chapels
The recently restored Victorian non-conformist Chapel is now available for funeral services and wedding ceremonies. We gratefully acknowledge the kind donations from the following organisations, without their generosity, this work could not have been done.
Pidgeons of Cardiff – www.pidgeonsofcardiff.co.uk
Michael G Ryan, Son & Daughters – www.michaelgryansonanddaughters.co.uk
Roath Court Funeral Home – www.jamessummersfuneraldirectors.co.uk
Green Willow Funerals – www.greenwillowfunerals.com
Mossfords – www.mossfords.com
Coles Funeral Directors – www.colesfuneraldirectors.co.uk
Tovey Brothers Funeral Directors – www.toveybros.co.uk
Friends of Cathays Cemetery – www.friendsofcathayscemetery.co.uk
A special acknowledgement must be given to the Cymric Building Preservation Trust who donated the funds for the restoration of the central bell tower. After being boarded up for decades, the tower now has clear windows and new gates. Work continues inside with all fees raised from the hire of the chapel going towards the ongoing restoration and maintenance of this historic building.
Being Human Festival
Through a fruitful partnership with Cardiff City Council, the University of South Wales (USW) has produced a range of public performance works across the city. Working closely with the Council’s Cemeteries and Bereavement Services, USW has brought ‘history to life’ with performers creating short scenes relating to the fascinating stories of the people buried in the Cemetery.
The free event consolidates popular heritage walks with live performances that re-create the sounds and stories of the cemetery, its rich history and community relevance.
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Cathays, Western, Thornhill and Pantmawr Cemeteries are open from 8am to 5.45pm daily.
Please only visit the cemeteries if you are attending a grave or for a funeral so that social distancing can be observed.