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Address: The Gate House Cemetery Avenue | Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield S11 8NT, England
Phone Number:
+44 114 268 3486
09:30 - 16:30
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Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:30 - 16:30
Wed 12:00 - 16:30
Thu 10:30 - 14:00
Fri 12:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The General Cemetery opened in 1836 'at some distance in the countryside'...

The General Cemetery opened in 1836 'at some distance in the countryside' in a 'remote and undisturbed' location. It became established as the principal burial ground in Victorian Sheffield containing the graves of 87,000 people.

The site today is a Grade II* listed park which is the highest listed in Sheffield, and one of only four in South Yorkshire. It is a Conservation Area, Local Nature Reserve and Area of Natural History Interest.

One of the earliest commercial cemeteries in Britain, it contains the largest collection of listed buildings and monuments in Sheffield, ten in total including Grade II listed catacombs, Anglican Chapel and monuments with the Gatehouse, Non-conformist Chapel and the Egyptian Gateway, each listed at Grade II*.

There is the largest single grave plot in the country, holding the bodies of 96 paupers.

It is also home to many important figures in Sheffield history such as Mark Firth, the steel manufacturer, and Samuel Holberry, the Chartist.

The Cemetery was closed for burial in 1978, when half the Cemetery was demolished to make way for a green space.

The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust carries out education tours and workshops; conservation work to maintain and enhance the monuments, the landscape and the paths; and historical research of the Cemetery and its occupants. The aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy this historical site by walking its paths, learning its history or simply as a quiet place to sit and contemplate.

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Beautiful walk

I walk through the cemetery on most days and it always brightens up my day. The grounds are so well kept and the graves are tended so you can read the inscriptions and learn about... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I walk through the cemetery on most days and it always brightens up my day. The grounds are so well kept and the graves are tended so you can read the inscriptions and learn about the characters buried there. In April the cemetery is teeming with beautiful daffodils and provides lovely backgrounds. My only downside is that in the darker... More 

Thank Darahgna
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We turned up for a guided tour, only expecting a handful of people due to the weather, but 65 turned up! The place is very interesting to locals, it is where many founders of local industry are buried, there are many of them! The graveyard is packed to fullest capacity, is still very overgrown in parts, but it's a very... More 

Thank 125Yorkshirebred
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Very atmospheric overgrown cemetery dedicated to the rich people of Sheffield of the 19th century. Certainly worth a look.

Thank cb19632015
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Cemetery established in 1836 and being restored by volunteers now. As with all old cemeteries it is rustic and overgrown but charming. There are led walks monthly to give the history and stories about the cemetery and also more topical events eg Halloween tours, nature walks etc

Thank 60sud1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

What an amazing piece of Victorian history + conservation area. I can see it may not be the place many people would consider visiting for an afternoon out but I loved the atmosphere. (Probably wouldn't visit after dark though!!) I will go back and explore more next time I visit Sheffield and go on one of the guided tours which... More 

Thank TessL62
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

A vast place with some very interesting gaves here . there are many people of interest here from sheffield history . They also have guided tours here on occartions . Wheel chair can get around but need to be fit to push some one around

Thank happyraytina
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is the first time I have visited a cemetery for a walk, yet I was astounded by the beauty of the place. The restoration project on the Grade II listed buildings has been initiated and by the looks of it, has begun successfully. It bleeds beauty and speaks a thousand words.

Thank Thomas J
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

A lovely work in the sun and there is a beautiful temple building in the middle so much history would love to do a proper tour of the place

Thank laula2k
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

Brilliant piece of history right in the centre. Make sure you get a guided tour with one of the interesting and knowledge guides who will bring the place to life (as it were!) All the great and the good of Sheffield are in here as well as the odd surprise. Just love it

1 Thank Jim S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

The work the volunteers do is exceptional and something which needs to be highlighted more of as they are doing sterling work. I'm very chuffed to be a member of the trust that supports the GenCem and from the plans for it's future, I am delighted to see what will become of one of Sheffield's hidden gems into the future.... More 

Thank Craig H

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