General information about the crematorium
Last updated 16 July 2021
The grounds and cemetery are open seven days a week, 9am to 7pm.
There are two non-denominational chapels located at Eltham Crematorium:
- West Chapel - seating for 72
- North Chapel - seating for 100
Both chapels have designated seating areas for vulnerable or high-risk mourners. Please, notify your funeral director any attendees at your service require this area.
Standing is allowed, however, we will continue to monitor this to ensure overcrowding does not take place. Excess mourners are requested to remain outside the chapel entrance and all attendees are asked to scan the QR code adjacent to the chapel entrance.
We reccommend that visitors should wear face coverings when in the chapels and adjacent buildings.
Those who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms must not attend.
Find out more about what happens when someone dies during the coronavirus pandemic, including funeral service guidelines.
The crematorium opened in 1956. Since opening it's been run by the Eltham Crematorium Joint Committee, made up of Royal Borough of Greenwich, London Borough of Bexley and Dartford Borough Council.
In Eltham Crematorium the Garden of Remembrance, Plaque Courts, Memorial Niches will be open every day, from 9am to 7pm.
The Garden of Remembrance is cleared of all floral tributes every Thursday morning, before the grounds are open to the public. There are four exceptions where floral tributes are not picked up - in the week before and week of Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Remembrance Sunday. The last day to view any tributes left is Wednesday, however, tributes left in the Flower Pavilion will be disposed of once they have wilted.
Accessing our services
Our chapels, waiting rooms and toilets can be accessed without the need to use steps.
The majority of the grounds can be accessed by wheelchair, although in some areas assistance may be required.
We can provide wheelchairs for use in both chapels.
Visitors with a RADAR key may use the accessible toilet located behind the office building, if you do not have a RADAR key, please contact the office for assistance.
Both chapels have induction loop systems and the office has a portable induction loop system.
The car park is located in the grounds and has 80 spaces, plus two spaces for people with disabled parking permits.
Garden of Remembrance
Tours of the crematorium
We occasionally hold group tours of the facilities at the crematorium.
If you would like to view the crematory please visit us during working hours, when the staff will be happy to answer any questions and give a guided tour.
If you wish to see both chapels before you book a funeral service, please contact us and we'll arrange an appointment for you.
The Pavilion Flower Shop
You may purchase and order flowers and light refreshments from The Pavilion Flower Shop based in the grounds of the crematorium.
Carol and remembrance services
Sadly this year’s Summer Service of Remembrance planned for June has been cancelled in accordance with Government guidelines. We hope we will be able to reinstate our Christmas Carol service in December 2021.