Cambridge Crematorium and Huntingdon Road Cemetery

The Cambridge City Crematorium and Huntingdon Road Cemetery are located on the same site. Details about the services provided at each one are below.

Cambridge City Crematorium

The Crematorium

Cambridge Crematorium occupies a peaceful site, with its beautiful gardens, natural woodland, and tranquil water areas, all containing an abundance of wildlife, providing a variety of ways in which families can commemorate and remember loved ones.

The Crematorium is also a suitable funeral venue, regardless of whether the funeral is faith-based or not and offers a choice of chapel depending on your preference for the service.

Funerals at the Crematorium

  • Ceremonies, whether religious or secular, may be conducted at the crematorium, with a choice of two chapels (see below)
  • A service may take place in any separate place of worship, followed by a brief committal ceremony at the crematorium.
  • It's also possible to have a committal without any ceremony beforehand
  • Families can arrange for their minister to conduct the service, or ask their funeral director to arrange for a suitable minister.

To assist families make the right choice at such a difficult time, we have produced a Guide to cremation [PDF, 38kB] booklet.  

Chapels at the Crematorium

The East Chapel - a traditional chapel, with  many original features

Facilities include:

  • Seats approximately 55 people
  • Johannes organ
  • System for playing CD music
  • Wesley music system, which allows for services to be audio and visually recorded, including the option for webcasting
  • Hearing induction loop
  • Single level for easy wheelchair access
  • Small waiting room for mourners
  • Chapel of Remembrance, containing the Book of Remembrance and Columbarium, where cremated ashes rest in inscribed caskets.

The West Chapel - a larger, more modern chapel

Facilites include:

  • Seating for 193 people, with 139 in the main body of the chapel and 54 on the balcony
  • Norwich electronic organ
  • Wesley music system, which allows for services to be audio and visually recorded, including the option for webcasting
  • Screen to show still images during the service
  • Hearing induction loop
  • We can cater for visitors with disability requirements
  • Waiting room that overlooks the tranquil Gardens of Remembrance

The service

Mourners will normally gather in the waiting room or close to the entrance of the chapel a few minutes before the service. When the principal mourners are ready to proceed, the funeral director or familiy bearers will carry the coffin into the chapel. 

The coffin will be placed on the catafalque (a platform), mourners will be directed to their seats and the service will begin.

At the end of the service, mourners leave the chapel and can then view the floral tributes.

Memorial options at the crematorium

Memorials can offer a lasting symbol of remembrance.

We have some specific memorial options for the crematorium, including a book of remembrance and online book of remembrance - find details of these on our Cambridge collection memorials page.

For a wider range of memorial options, visit our choose a memorial option section.

About the Crematorium

The Crematorium was opened in 1938 as a private concern before being taken over in 1950 by Cambridge City Council. The East Chapel was opened in 1938 and the West Chapel opened in 1991.

There are two cloisters, one devoted to the East Chapel and one for the West Chapel, where floral tributes are displayed following the funeral service. The cloisters also have memorial stone plaques, which may be inscribed and/or personalised.

The grounds have been fully landscaped and provide a secluded and peaceful place where loved ones' ashes can be scattered. Ornamental shrubs, roses and trees help to create a relaxing area where you can sit on seats dedicated to the memory of loved ones. The woodland is a tranquil and beautiful area with a variety of trees, shrubs and in the spring-time abundant with aconites, daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells.

Two large granite books of remembrance are placed at the entrance of the woodland to commemorate loved ones. We also have more formal areas with memorial vaults for the ashes of loved ones, situated under pergolas and beside ornamental ponds.

Huntingdon Road Cemetery

Situated adjacent to the crematorium and accessed from the same approach road, Huntingdon Road Cemetery has been developed as an extension of Cambridge City Cemetery.

Burial space

Burial space is available in traditional, lawned and secular plots either side of a central driveway.

A unique feature of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery is the green burial site, an enclosed copse surrounded by native hedgerows and discretely screened from the crematorium gardens.

Memorials

Memorials can offer a lasting symbol of remembrance.

We have some specific memorial options for Huntingdon Road on our Huntingdon collection page. Or visit our Cambridge collection page for details of our online book of remembrance.

Getting here

Huntingdon Road Cemetery and Cambridge City Crematorium are five miles from the centre of Cambridge, off the A14 westbound carriageway. 

By car

  • Point your sat-nav to or search for: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ
    (please note some of our visitors have had trouble locating the site with a sat-nav, please read detailed instructions below or use a search engine, such as Google).

M11 approach

  • From the south, leave the M11 at junction 14, signposted A14 East/Newmarket.
  • Stay in the right hand lane and follow the signs for A14 West/Huntingdon. (the road will run parallel with the M11).
  • When you rejoin the road on the inside carriageway, the crematorium is about 300 yards.
  • Look for the reddish brown lane marked 'keep clear' - dedicated to crematorium traffic. We recommend you reduce your speed here, as the entrance can be easily missed!

A14 (westbound) approach

  • From the east, leave the A14 westbound at junction 31, the M11 interchange.
  • Stay in the right hand lane and follow the signs for A14 West/Huntingdon.
  • As the road merges with the M11 stay in the inside lane as the crematorium is approximately 300 yards from this junction.
  • Look for the reddish brown lane marked 'keep clear' - dedicated to crematorium traffic. We recommend you reduce your speed here, as the entrance can be easily missed!

A14 (eastbound) approach

  • Approching from the Huntingdon area on the A14 eastbound, stay on the A14.
  • When the road divides at the M11, get into the right hand lane, marked A1307 Cambridge
  • After about 100 yards, take the right hand turn marked Crematorium / Madingley.
  • At the T-junction where it's crossed by two lanes of traffic leaving Cambridge, you must turn right (one-way)
  • As you join this road, it merges with the A14 westbound/M11. Stay on the inside lane.
  • Look for the reddish brown lane marked 'keep clear' - dedicated to crematorium traffic. We recommend you reduce your speed here, as the entrance can be easily missed!

A428 approach

  • From the west, exit the A428 at the Madingley turn, signed Cambridge (S & W).
  • At the roundabout turn left into Madingley village.
  • Follow the road through Madingley and the signs for the A14/crematorium.
  • At the junction of the A14/M11 interchange, turn left
  • Look for the reddish brown lane marked 'keep clear' - dedicated to crematorium traffic. We recommend you reduce your speed here, as the entrance can be easily missed!

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