Our cemeteries

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3. Higher Cemetery

Services

  • garden of remembrance for ashes
  • children's garden for burials
  • Edwardian graves for burials

We have non-denominational chapels at each cemetery which can be used for religious and non-religious services.

Garden of remembrance

Our gardens of remembrance are designed to give you a number of options for the burial and scattering of ashes. Plots can be reserved in advance and include the following:

  • first burial
  • 30 year exclusive right of burial
  • 30 year right to place a memorial

There are also plots for ashes available in the existing rose beds.

Children's garden

Higher Cemetery has is a dedicated section for the graves of babies and children, featuring a boy and dog sculpture, planting and seating. The garden also has a restored Victorian angel memorial and a special bench for younger visitors.

Babies and children may also be buried in family graves.

Edwardian Graves

There are very few new graves available in Higher Cemetery, so we are offering graves and space for ashes on existing plots in the historic section used for Victorian and Edwardian burials. Due to the individual style of these graves we strongly recommend visiting before making your decision.

You can apply through your funeral director or apply to us directly. To talk about your options and arrange to see the garden of remembrance or Edwardian graves you can contact us by phone 01392 265707 or email bereavement.services@exeter.gov.uk.

About the cemetery

Higher Cemetery was opened in 1866, and over the years the site has been expanded at least 3 times. Over 70,000 people are buried there and it currently has over 12,000 memorials. It has a number of historic monuments including the Theatre Royal Fire memorial and World War 2 memorial.

The Friends of Higher Cemetery promote the cemetery as both a place of remembrance and as a public open space, offering monthly history talks and tours. They have also developed a public Higher Cemetery Tree Trail [1.7Mb] walk.

See the location of Higher Cemetery

Address:

Higher Cemetery
St Marks Avenue
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2PX