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UK Cremation & Burial Costs

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Throughout the UK, cremation is the most widespread form of funeral, with over 65% of funerals involving a cremation. This guide to cremation and burial costs will show you the most and least expensive areas in the UK to get cremated, and the difference between the cost of a cremation and the cost of a burial.

What is the cost of cremation in the UK?

UK average cremation cost

The average cost of cremation in the UK is £881. This covers the cost of a standard week-day time slot for an adult resident of the area, and does not include other funeral costs, such as funeral directors fees or interment costs.

The cost of a cremation can vary greatly depending on where you live. In England the average cremation is £888. In Scotland it is £881, whereas in Wales it is cheaper at £809.

Northern Ireland is the cheapest part of the UK, with an average cremation cost of £408. The most expensive region is the South West of England, where the average cost of cremation is £958. In any part of the UK, cremation is cheaper than burial, usually by more than 50%.

This table shows the average cost of cremation in every area of the UK:

Region Average cost of cremation
South West £958
East of England £944
Yorkshire & the Humber £922
South East £896
East Midlands £890
West Midlands £883
Scotland £881
North West £855
North East £845
Wales £809
London £790
Northern Ireland £408

Average cost of cremation

What is the average burial cost in the UK?

UK average burial cost

Burial is more expensive than cremation. As of 2020, the average cost of burial across the UK is £1,698 - more than double the cost of cremation.

The average cost of burial also varies between nations of the UK: in England it is £1,862, in Scotland it is £1,650 and in Wales it is £1,686. Northern Ireland is the cheapest region for burial, at £543. Northern Ireland is also the only area of the UK where burial remains a more popular choice than cremation.

Funeral Guide based these figures on the interment fee and a 50 year lease of the burial plot for a local resident. The cost of burial for a non-resident can often be twice as expensive.

In contrast to the cost of cremation, London is the most expensive area for burial and the South West is the second cheapest area.

Region Average cost of burial
London £4,391
West Midlands £2,077
Yorkshire and the Humber £1,928
Scotland £1,650
North West £1,729
Wales £1,686
North East £1,706
East of England £1,386
South East £1,537
East Midlands £1,249
South West £1,287
Northern Ireland £520

Average cost of burial

What other costs are there for cremation, burial and funerals?

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland there is an additional fee of £164 for two doctors to sign the Medical Certificates for Cremation because it is not part of their standard NHS duties.

If you have chosen a burial funeral, then you will sign a lease for a set duration of time - usually 50 or 75 years. When the lease of a burial expires the next of kin will be contacted, and can renew the lease by paying additional fees.

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The actual cost of a funeral is higher than the cost of burial or cremation because it also includes funeral directors' fees, coffins, hearses, flowers, catering and memorials, as well as a range of optional extras to personalise the service.

You can find out more about arranging a funeral and help with funeral costs on Funeral Guide.

You can also view directories of crematoriums and natural burial grounds.

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