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While you can now find many funeral directors' pricing online, their fees are only part of the cost of a funeral. Burial or cremation costs also make up a large part of the total bill, and they can vary greatly.
Funeral Guide has conducted a large research project to find out cremation and burial costs for 2,400 cemeteries and 303 crematoriums across the UK.
Funeral Guide now has the most comprehensive database of burial and cremation costs in the country, with a unique insight into the variation in prices between different regions and the factors that cause it.
Funeral Guide's main findings
What is the average cremation cost in the UK?
The average cost of cremation in the UK is £823. This covers the cost of a standard week-day time slot for an adult resident and does not include doctors' fees or optional extras, such as live streaming a service online.
In England the average cost of cremation is £831. In Scotland it is £815, whereas in Wales it is significantly cheaper at £741.
However, Northern Ireland is the cheapest area of the UK for a cremation, with an average cost of £392. The most expensive region is the South West of England, where the average cost of cremation is £884.
Surprisingly, London is the cheapest region of England for cremation, with an average cost of £755. This is possibly because 63% of crematoriums in London are owned by local councils, rather than private providers.
You can see a full list of average cremation costs across the UK in the table below.
|Region||Average cost of cremation|
|East of England||£863|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||£842|
The most expensive and cheapest crematoriums, however, often differed significantly from the average price of a cremation.
|Most expensive place to be cremated||Cost of cremation|
|Beckenham Crematorium (London)||£1,070|
|Chichester Crematorium (South East)||£1,070|
|Counties Crematorium (East Midlands)||£1,070|
|Dundee Crematorium (Scotland)||£1,070|
|Parkgrove Crematorium (Scotland)||£1,070|
|Cheapest places to be cremated||Cost of cremation|
|Roselawn Crematorium (Northern Ireland)||£392|
|South West Middlesex Crematorium (London)||£535|
|Bangor Crematorium (Wales)||£520|
|South West Middlesex Crematorium (London)||£525|
|Chesterfield and District Crematorium (East Midlands)||£560|
What is the average burial cost in the UK?
Burial is generally much more expensive than cremation. The average cost of burial across the UK is £1,698.
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|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||£1,928|
|East of England||£1,386|
Unlike crematoriums, the most expensive cemeteries to be buried in are all in the most expensive region: London.
The cost of burial in these cemeteries is at least twice as expensive as the average for the city. The most expensive cemetery in the UK, Highgate, is also one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, so is not a good indicator of normal pricing throughout London.
|Most expensive place to be buried||Cost of burial|
|Highgate Cemetery (London)||£21,975|
|Kensal Green Cemetery (London)||£18,550|
|Fulham Cemetery (London)||£13,375|
|Margravine Cemetery (London)||£13,375|
|Tottenham Cemetery (London)||£9,233|
The least expensive cemeteries are also located in the least expensive regions of the UK.
|Cheapest places to be buried||Cost of burial|
|Hallgate Cemetery, Spalding (East of England)||£150|
|Enderby New Cemetery, Enderby (East Midlands)||£210|
|Dark Lane Cemetery, Chesterfield (East Midlands)||£220|
|South Cave Cemetery, Brough (Yorkshire and the Humber)||£240|
|Mampitts Cemetery, Shaftesbury (South West)||£247|
The similarity of the cost of burial within regions is likely because, unlike crematoriums, cemeteries are owned by local councils.
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.
Once the lease of a burial expires the next of kin will be contacted if possible and can renew the lease by paying additional burial fees.
You can find burial and cremation fees in your local area when you compare funeral directors on Funeral Guide.Compare funeral directors
The actual cost of a funeral is usually much 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.