Visiting

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Cemetery Park 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Many people enjoy walking, jogging, cycling, exercising, picnicking, relaxing, and simply enjoying peace and quiet, history and nature in this special, tranquil place.

We have installed metal kissing gates to allow pedestrians, pushchairs, wheelchairs and bikes in at all times, but keep motorbikes out. We have also resurfaced all the main paths with recycled material, so they now provide excellent disabled and pushchair access all year round, and are also great for runners.

You can find information on how to find us and accessibility here.

Please note that fires and BBQs are not allowed in the Cemetery Park without prior permission from the Cemetery Park staff and full risk assessments in place.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs are welcome – you must pick up after your pet!

London Borough of Tower Hamlets has designated all its streets, parks, open spaces and housing land under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. This law says that dog walkers must clean up straight away after their dog has fouled. Owners must carry poop scoops or bags for cleaning up after their dog. Clean up must be immediate. Not noticing that the dog has fouled is no excuse – it is the dog walker’s responsibility to be vigilant. Anyone in charge of a dog, whether or not they own it, must comply with this act. Failure to do so can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Group visits

Do you plan to visit us to use the Cemetery Park for an educational reason or with a group?

We welcome educational users of the Cemetery Park and we work hard to create a safe and accessible space for all age groups. We have planned walks, outdoor classroom areas, ponds with dipping platforms and space for lessons and workshops. There are fees and conditions that apply to the use of the Cemetery Park and the Cemetery Park Lodge and you must read and abide by the FoTHCP Terms and Conditions for using Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

To ensure that the Cemetery Park is a safe space for all users we also require groups that visit the Cemetery Park to abide by the FoTHCP Park usage conditions.

All educational visits to the Cemetery Park should be booked in advance via our Booking request form. If you would like to know more or have any specific questions you can contact us to arrange a time to speak or visit, and we can give you an introduction to the Park, help you to plan your activity and share some of our more interesting, less-known items of interest.

There is a standard charge for group use of the Cemetery Park and we have four outdoor learning areas that can be booked for use by groups for activities. For more information about our outdoor learning spaces download this document.

If you want to visit the Cemetery Park but don’t have leaders or staff to deliver activities then we can run bespoke events to your requirements.

Filming and media

Filming and professional photography always require prior permission.  Please visit our Filming and Media page.

Foraging

Every wild plant that can be found in the Cemetery Park exists because of the hard work of almost 3000 volunteers a year and our financial resources, which as a registered charity are finite.

Byelaws prevent foraging in the Cemetery Park. Commercial foraging is forbidden; foraging for personal use is by permission only, please email us.

Forage away from footpath edges, sustainably and responsibly, and please make sure you stay safe and within the law. We also ask foragers to adhere to the guidelines produced by the Woodland Trust here.

The key point from Tower Hamlets byelaws is that “No person shall, without reasonable excuse, remove from or displace within the ground: any stone, soil or turf or the whole or part of any plant, shrub or tree”.

We run occasional events where you can learn to forage under supervision of a member of staff.  Subscribe to our mailing list to be kept informed.

We have these rules to avoid damage like in these photos below.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is owned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is regulated by its bylaws. You can read the council’s regulations set out in the rules for parks. The key points being:
– No vehicles
– No barbecues or fires
– No collecting or cutting of wood
– No camping
– No litter