Escape to the Green

Run, walk, rest, relax – if you haven’t discovered the beauty of Brompton Cemetery yet, now’s the time - it’s just minutes’ away from your front door.

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Known as a Magnificent Seven garden cemetery, Brompton was one of seven private cemeteries established outside London to help with overcrowding in London smaller parish churchyards. Opened in 1840, its 39 peaceful acres are Grade 1 listed, and contain 35,000 historic monuments, as well as gardens, trees and wildlife.

Still a working cemetery and the only one in the country owned by the Crown and managed by the Royal Parks, it’s also the final resting place of 205,000 souls, including suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, Chelsea Pensioners, and even founders of Chelsea FC.

If you take time to wander through the graves, you might also notice that some of gravestones seem a little bit familiar... The famous children’s writer, Beatrix Potter, lived locally and many of her characters were inspired by them!

Open from 7am daily in the summer, go to royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery

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