COVID-19: cemeteries 

Update 21 August: the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals at Gwent Crematorium will increase to 20 from Tuesday 25 August.

Update 30 July: the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals at cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent has been increased to 30 from 3 August 2020.

Read statement.

Update 29 June: pedestrian gates in council cemeteries will be open on weekdays between 6.30am and 4.45pm

Please note, immediately before and during funerals, gates will be closed to enable staff to manage the numbers of mourners at the sites and to ensure social distancing guidance is followed.

Vehicles will be allowed into the cemeteries on Saturdays and Sundays from 6.30am to 4.45pm

Access is for mourners and those attending graves, not for general exercise or dog walking. Please follow social distancing rules at all times, read our full statement

It is important not to breach any fences, closed gates, sectioned off areas and closed facilities. Your health and safety are paramount, and we appreciate your continued support.  

St Woolos Cemetery works

Access to the sanctum area, located opposite the lodge at St Woolos Cemetery, will be temporarily unavailablewhile we carry out essential extension works to ensure we can continue to support and provide services to the community, for burials and memorialisation.

We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and support for the key workers at the cemeteries during this difficult time.


Burials in Newport cemeteries continue for both reserved and new grave plots.

We continue to try and accommodate short notice burials for specific recognised faith groups or practice, subject to staff resources. 

A maximum of 20 mourners are permitted to attend a funeral at a cemetery, and 10 mourners for funerals at Gwent Crematorium.

This applies to funerals, memorial services and gatherings for all faith groups at any cemetery within the five local authority areas of Gwent and at the Gwent Crematorium.  

This decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary for the safety, health and consideration of the local and wider community. It is essential to continue to follow this practice until further government advice is given.

Newport City Council is responsible for three public cemeteries situated at:

  • Caerleon – Cold Bath Road, Caerleon NP18 1NF
  • Christchurch – Christchurch Road, Newport NP18 1JJ
  • St Woolos – 48 Bassaleg Road, Newport, NP20 3PY

For enquiries contact the cemetery superintendent on (01633) 414915 or contact Newport City Council. 

Download Newport Cemetery Management Guidance (pdf)

Visit the Gwent Crematorium website.

Funeral arrangements

Download the Notice of Interment (Word doc)

Burial charges

These charges are valid from 1 April 2020

  • Exclusive right of burial: £1113.84
  • Interment of stillborn or child up to 18 years: no charge
  • Person exceeding 18 years: £1210.56
  • Cremated remains in full grave space: £268.32
  • Cremated remains in garden of rest: £268.32
  • Scattering of ashes: £146.12

Download the full list of Newport cemetery charges 2020/2021 (pdf)

Exclusive right of burial forms

Download the Exclusive Right of Burial application (Word doc)

Download the Renewal and Extension application (Word doc)

Download the Ownership Agreement (Word doc)

Download the Indemnity Agreement (Word doc)

Download the Statutory Declaration form (Word doc)

Download the Change of Details form (Word doc)

Download the Transfer of Ownership form (Word doc)

Download the Deed of Surrender (Word doc)

Download the Memorial Bench application (Word doc)

Locating a burial plot

To locate a burial plot in the cemeteries above please write to:

Cemeteries, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Godfrey Road, Newport  NP20 4UR

Or email info@newport.gov.uk, giving name of the person and approximate date of burial. 

There is a charge of £19.46 for 30 minutes research.

Dog control order

There is a dog control order in operation in all Newport cemeteries.

Opening times

Cemetery gates are open from 7.15am - 4.45pm for vehicle access all year, pedestrian access is always available. 

Contact Newport City Council for further information.