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Birtley Crematorium

Birtley crematorium chapel internalBirtley crematorium opened in 1957 and is located in the cemetery grounds. 

The chapel has seating for approximately 80 people with extra room for standing in the entrance. Particular attention has been paid to the needs of the disabled, with good wheelchair access and a hearing loop system.

The chapel is available for funeral services of all denominations and sects and although there is a cross on the wall, this can be covered if so desired. 

Service times

Services times are not publicised as they can sometimes change. You can call Bereavement Services 0191 433 3816/3811 or email Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 2 - 4.30pm to find out the time of a service. We are not responsible for any changes and recommend that you check again before the service is due. Some families do request that service times aren’t given out.

Book of remembrance

The book of remembrance provides an everlasting record and memorial for the deceased. In addition a digital version of the book of remembrance is available enabling you to access the inscriptions at anytime.  Visit our book of remembrance page for further information.

Garden of remembrance

Birtley crematorium has a garden of remembrance. This is a tranquil, landscaped garden where you will be able to reflect and remember your loved one in privacy. Many of the walks and borders in the formal part of the garden are edged with special kerbstones to which commemorative plaques can be attached.

Floral tributes

Floral tributes will remain on display for three nights following the funeral. After the third night we will remove the flowers for recycling/disposal, unless otherwise instructed. 

This is at the discretion of the Cremation Authority.

We do not accept any responsibility for tributes left at the crematorium after a funeral service or placed in the Garden of Remembrance.

Car parking

There is a limited number of parking spaces available within the crematorium grounds.  If this area is full, the crematorium staff will direct traffic to park on Windsor Road outside of the crematorium.

Windsor Road, Birtley, DH3 1PQ

Public toilets

Toilets at Birtley Crematorium are situated in the Book of Remembrance room, which is opposite the chapel.

Normal opening times

Birtley Crematorium grounds
 Month Weekdays and SaturdaySunday and public holidays 
 April–September  9.00am–7.00pm  10am–7.00pm
 October–March  9.00am–3.30pm  10.00am–3.30pm


Contact us

Bereavement Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Tel: 0191 433 3816 or 433 3811

Office opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 2 - 4.30pm