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.
Please note that the main double gates on Southern Grove are open from dawn to dusk daily. All other gates are open 24 hours a day.
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.
Do you plan to visit us to use the Cemetery Park for an educational reason or with a group? If so, please contact us. We really appreciate and value hearing from you before your planned visit. We can also run bespoke events to your requirements.
We could give you a welcome introduction to the Park upon arrival, be available to show you round, offer you access to toilets and a place to store belongings. We can also help you to plan your route and share some of our more interesting, less known items of interest.
Filming and media
Filming and professional photography always require prior permission. Please visit our Filming and Media page.
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