More about Woodvale Crematorium

COVID-19 service update

Changes to bereavement services

Although this will be very difficult for everyone, Bereavement Service are advising that the numbers of those attending should be kept to a minimum and only immediate family. A limit of 12 mourners has been put in place at the chapels. The limit will ensure that the UK Government’s social distancing measures are complied with.

Those over the age of 70 and those with under underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in line with UK Government guidance.

Please do not visit Woodvale, if you (or anyone in your household) is showing any symptoms including a fever and/or a continuous cough, 

Bereavement Services have removed all the hymn books from our chapels. An upgrade is being put in place to allow hymn lyrics to appear on the TV screens in the chapels. This applies to the 90 most popular hymns. Download the list of hymns (PDF 36.2KB). If you require a different hymn then you need to add the lyrics to your Orders of Service.

Download more information on changes to our Bereavement Services (PDF 147KB).

Those unable to attend a funeral service at Woodvale Crematorium due to the current limit on the number of mourners can watch a live webcast of the service. There is currently no charge for this service. To find out more, contact the team at Woodvale.


Find out more information about contacting bereavement support services.




The grounds

Based within the larger area of the Victorian-era Lewes Road Cemetery, Woodvale crematorium's grounds have been developed in a well wooded valley and contain many fine specimens of trees and shrubs. The area adjacent to the main North and South Chapels has been beautifully landscaped with lawns, a waterfall and stream, rockeries and flower beds to provide a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for those attending funerals. There is a Garden of Remembrance where cremated remains can be scattered or buried and memorials provided.

The Extra-Mural Chapel is set apart in the bordering Extra-Mural Cemetery, which also dates from the Victorian era. 

Visitors with an interest in the grounds may be interested in the Tomb and Nature Trail that takes walkers on a circular walk around grounds.

Parking and public transport

Free parking is available at all the chapels, with sign posted space for disabled badge holders. Visitors should park on the left hand side of the one-direction driveways that approach and head away from the North and South Chapels. The Extra-Mural Chapel's parking is also on the driveway approaching the chapel.

The nearest train station is Brighton station, which is about a 30 minute walk from the crematorium grounds or a short journey by taxi. Bus numbers 37 and 37b are the only routes linking the station and the crematorium, and stop near Woodvale's alternative Bear Road gate. Other bus routes which start from from the city centre (not going via the train station) are the 25, 28, 29 & 49. For further bus information see the Brighton and Hove Buses website.

See also the council's Journey On travel planner.


If you have an interest in the grounds that Woodvale is set in, and the buildings that are found within, you may wish to read about the history of Woodvale