About the mortuary

Brighton & Hove City Mortuary provides postmortem and storage facilities for deaths that are reported to the Coroner.

These deaths are often sudden and unexpected, natural or unnatural. The City Mortuary also provides facilities for forensic postmortems and also high-risk postmortems.

The City Mortuary staff work closely with the Coroner’s office for Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils, Sussex Police and the NHS.

Biodegradable coffins, suitable for burial or cremation, are available for purchase and collection if required from the City Mortuary.

Visiting the mortuary

There is a Chapel of Rest within the public area of the mortuary, allowing family and friends to view the deceased.

Viewings are strictly by prior appointment only. To arrange a visit phone 01273 292 329 or email mortuary@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

One hour is allocated per appointment. In some instances, it may not be possible to view the deceased until after the postmortem examination has been completed.


The mortuary is located in the Extra-Mural Cemetery, Lewes Road, BN2 3QB.

It is staffed between 7am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday, and 7am to midday on Friday.

The entrance gates to the Extra-Mural Cemetery are located between Newmarket Road and Gladstone Place​.