London – Abney Park Cemetery
About This Cemetery
Abney Park in Stoke Newington, one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London, a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve (the first statutory Local Nature Reserve to be designated in Hackney) and is managed by the London Borough of Hackney.
The site offers the visitor a wealth of ecological riches that are unusual so close to the centre of London. The 13-hectare mixed, mature woodland contains the remnants of exotic plantings from the 1840s and 60 trees that show veteran characteristics which are particularly beneficial to wildlife. The cemetery offers refuge to breeding, over wintering and migrating birds as well as a range of woodland fungi. (Please note it is not advised to collect fungi for consumption here due to Victorian funerary practices which may result in led and arsenic contamination in fungi).
Open rides are managed for their grassland habitat offering foraging opportunities for insects and the cemetery is noted for several rare species including bees, moths and butterflies.
For more information on the biodiversity of Abney Park Cemetery visit their web site: https://abneypark.org/biodiversity
- Wildflower areas
- Wildlife haven
- Fascinating monuments
- Great for fungi
- Birders paradise
- Lichen haven
- Peaceful space for quiet reflection
Abney Park Cemetery, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH.
The visitor centre is currently closed due to Corona virus measures please check the website for the latest information: https://abneypark.org/visiting-information
Tel: 0207 275 7557
Email: [email protected]
There is level access via the main entrance on Stoke Newington High Street.
The entrance at Church Street has 5 steps and small uneven paths into site.
The internal drive from the main entrance is cobbled and the major paths within the park are solid, but uneven in places and can be slippery and slightly muddy when wet.
Smaller paths can be narrow, uneven and slippery.
There are several benches with back rests dotted around the park.
Please contact [email protected] with any access queries.
There is very limited parking at Abney Park which we may allow visitors to use by prior arrangement ONLY. Call or email to arrange access before your visit.
There are a number of cafes and food outlets on Stoke Newington High Street.
There are currently no public toilets on site, but within the next two years a public toilet and cafe that will be wheelchair accessible will be built thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.