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Autumn at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

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Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
38 City Road
London, EC1Y 2BG

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Entrances via Bunhill Row and City Road.

Tube: Old Street (exit 3) or Moorgate.

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About Bunhill Fields

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Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is located in the London Borough of Islington but is owned and maintained by the City of London Corporation. The 1.6 hectares of Bunhill Fields are an oasis of calm and greenery in a bustling area just north of the Square Mile. It has been managed as a public open space by the City of London since 1867.

Opening hours

Open weekdays from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Open weekends and bank holidays from 9:30am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.


  • Christmas Day - Closed
  • Boxing Day - Closed
  • New Years Day - Closed

Enclosed areas

There is currently no access to graves and memorials located behind the railings.


Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is the last final resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies. The site has a long history as a burial ground, but is most significant for its Nonconformist connections.

These date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries with the burial of prominent people including William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley.

The significance of the burial ground is recognised by the designation of its historic landscape as a Grade I listed entry on the National Register of Parks and Gardens.

Bunhill Fields also forms part of the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground and Finsbury Square Conservation Area. It has 75 listed tombs within its boundary.

The current layout of Bunhill Fields Burial Ground dates was developed in two main phases. The first of these was in the 1860s, when the City of London improved the site. This involved laying out paths, undertaking tree planting and carrying out work to the tombs including re-cutting and recording inscriptions.

In the 1960s another layer was added to the site with a sensitively designed public garden by one of the foremost landscape architects of the period, Peter Shepheard. The southern area remained dominated by the memorials, fenced off from public access by metal railings.

To the north, a new open lawn enclosed by shrub planting was created to complement the memorial landscape. The burial ground now contains 2,333 monuments, mostly simple headstones (of which there are 1,920) arranged in a grid formation.

Many of the graves are packed closely together, giving an idea of how London's burial places looked before large cemeteries further from the centre of London opened from the 1830s onwards.

Bunhill Fields today is a popular lunchtime spot for office workers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding City.

Surrounding area

Nearby Bunhill Fields Burial Ground are two other Nonconformist sites:

Wesley's Chapel

Wesley's Chapel is situated opposite the burial ground across the City Road to the east.

The chapel was built by John Wesley as his base in London in 1778 and is known as 'the cathedral of world Methodism'. Part of the site is Wesley's House, the Museum of Methodism. To the rear is a small burial ground which is the site of John Wesley's tomb. Other members of his family are buried at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.

Wesley's Chapel has an active programme of services, as well as around 10,000 visitors a year and is a key site for Methodists worldwide.

Quaker Gardens

To the west of Bunhill Fields Burial Ground lies Banner Street, where another important Nonconformist site and small public open space is located. This is the Bunhill Fields Meeting House and the Quaker Gardens. The gardens are a small fragment of a Quaker burial ground, which was also known as Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. This was the first freehold property owned by Quakers. It was bought in 1661 and used until 1855 for 12,000 burials. George Fox, Edward Burrough and John Bellers were buried there and many people interested in Quakerism still visit the site from all over the world for this reason.

Guided tours

The City of London Guides guided walks programme has been suspended until further notice. Please visit the City of London Guides website for further information and updates.

Find out more about guided walks in the Square Mile.

Management of Bunhill Fields

Bunhill Fields has been managed as a public open space by the City of London Corporation for over 140 years. Initially this was under the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground Act 1867, and latterly under the City of London (Various Powers) Act 1960.

Our overall aim is to provide a high quality urban green space, which reflects and benefits the local community it serves. Our vision is to maintain the site as a valuable historic property with rich cultural, natural and social attributes at a local and international level.

Bunhill Fields received its first Green Flag Award in 2009. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises the value of green spaces to communities. It recognises staff and managing organisations that are dedicated to providing excellent green spaces for the community.​


Bunhill Fields Burial Ground provides a valuable oasis of greenery in a highly urban area. It contains grassland and shrubbery along with fine mature trees which harbour birds and bats. Its value for biodiversity is indicated by its designation as a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation.

The graveyard is well stocked with around 130 trees including, London plane trees, oaks, limes, golden-barked ash, a black mulberry and a drymis winteri from South America. The dominant pattern of tree planting began in the 1870s when the burial ground was laid out with avenues of plane trees. The trees provide cover for birds including:

  • Great tit
  • Blue tit
  • Wren
  • Robin
  • Feral
  • Wood pigeons

It is of note that a pair of spotted flycatchers (a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species) is also reported as breeding on site.

The ground flora, patchy shaded and regularly mown grass cover, is comprised of annual meadow grass, greater plantain, perennial rye-grass and common chickweed. It also has locally abundant spring beauty, dandelion, white clover, selfheal and procumbent yellow-sorrel.

During the spring, swathes of crocuses surround the bases of the trees on the north lawn. In the grass surrounding the graves to the south are snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths.

The memorials, together with the shade provided by the tree cover, provide suitable habitat and micro-climate conditions for lichens, bryophytes and ferns.

For more information about the City's biodiversity visit our wildlife and nature pages.

Burial records

For information regarding burial records, please contact the London Metropolitan Archives, the National Archives or visit the Burial Ground itself.

Records held at London Metropolitan Archives include the interment order books 1789-1854 and the list of those persons whose gravestone inscription survived in 1869. The original registers of burials at Bunhill Fields Cemetery for 1713-1854 are held at The National Archives.

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Email: LMA Enquiries

The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
020 8876 3444

Events and green space hire

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Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use Bunhill Fields for filming or photoshoots should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee. Individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Please visit Filming in the City for more information.

Licencing and Byelaws

Bunhill Fields is located in the London Borough of Islington and therefore Islington's licensing laws will need to be followed, along with park byelaws. We're happy to advise you of byelaws during the application process.