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Northern Ireland by far the cheapest place in UK to be buried, survey reveals

By Steven Alexander

Published 23/05/2016

Milltown cemetery in Belfast
Milltown cemetery in Belfast

The top 10 cheapest places in the UK to be buried are all in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey.

And the least expensive place in the UK to be cremated is Belfast's crematorium, where it costs just £364.

The most expensive crematoriums are in the south of England, where the cost is now approaching £1,000.

Northern Ireland is the cheapest place in the UK to be buried - Fermanagh & Omagh District Council's Cross Cemetery charges just £255.

The most expensive is Battersea New Cemetery in the London Borough of Wandsworth, Surrey.

It charges £4,561 - around 18 times more than the Enniskillen cemetery.

New data from independent funeral booking website Funeralbooker suggested that four cemeteries in Mid Ulster are the second cheapest places in the UK to be buried.

However, our own research found three in the area - Cottagequinn, Forthill, and Polepatrick - that charge £262 for non-residents and just £131 for locals.

Coolhill and Drumcoo cemeteries in Mid Ulster charge the same - but no new graves are available for purchase.

Three cemeteries in the Newry, Mourne and Down Council area are in joint third place, charging £326. They are Monkshill, Upper Dromore Road, and Kilbroney Road cemeteries.

Making up the top 10 are Coleraine and Portrush cemeteries in the Causeway Coast and Glens district, both charging £345.

And that is despite the cost of getting buried in Portrush or Coleraine actually going up by between five and 10% in the last year.

That range of 5-10% represents the biggest annual increases here, and was shared by two nearby east Londonderry cemeteries in Kilrea and Portstewart.

A 'Type A' full grave burial at Roselawn Cemetery costs £576 for Belfast residents - a £6 increase from last year.

It cost a Belfast resident £540 for a burial in 2013-14, and £515 the year before.

But it is now £1,813 for those outside the new council area - up from £1,795.

Funeralbooker's data reveals that the cost of burials in Northern Ireland is largely stable.

Most have recorded no price rises in the past year.

Meanwhile, cremation costs a staggering £956 at the UK's most expensive crematoriums - Beckenham in Kent; Crawley and Chichester in West Sussex; Leatherhead in Surrey, and Nuneaton in Warwickshire.

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