Burial costs in the UK
How much are burial costs in the UK? And how much does a burial funeral cost? Find out what costs are involved when arranging a burial funeral for your loved one.
Burial costs in the UK can vary significantly depending on:
- Location of the cemetery or burial ground
- Types of services you choose for the funeral
- Additional costs including choice of flowers, coffins and a wake
How much does a burial cost?
The average cost of burials in the UK is £5,033*. This comprises burial fees, minister or celebrant fees, and funeral director fees. The cost of a basic funeral in England varies from around £5,235 in London, to an average of £3,785 in the North West. The average cost of a basic funeral in Northern Ireland is £3,222, while in Wales a funeral costs an average of £3,718.
The infographic below provides a detailed breakdown of all burial costs, and how burial fees vary significantly across the UK.
Additional factors that may affect burial costs in the UK
If you choose a burial service for your loved one, the overall cost of the funeral will be determined by who arranges it; whether you arrange the funeral service yourself, or if you wish for a funeral director to organise it for you.
Our Funeral Directors will be responsible for arranging the funeral, allowing you and your family time to grieve. Their duties include:
- Bringing your loved one into our care
- Caring for your loved one in our climate controlled facilities
- Preparing and transporting the deceased to the cemetery or burial ground on the day of the funeral
Your Funeral Director will also ensure all of the necessary forms are completed to allow the burial to be conducted. Find out more about what a funeral director does.
When assessing the cost of a burial funeral, it is also worth bearing in mind any optional costs*. These can include:
- Flowers: average cost £193
- Memorial: average cost £1,106
- Catering: average cost £450
- Limousine hire: average cost £336
- Venue hire: average cost £282
How does the cost of a burial compare to a cremation?
The average cost of a funeral in the UK is £4,184*. On average, the cost for a burial is £5,033, whilst the average cost for a cremation is £3,885. The cost of a burial funeral will depend on the location, type of service, transport, type of coffin, funeral director fees, and any extras such as flowers and catering for the wake.
The cost of a burial is usually more than the cost of a cremation, as there are more burial fees involved. The main difference is around the cost of the burial itself. Here are some of the key differences between a cremation and a burial.
What is the cost of a green funeral or woodland burial?
The cost of burial plots at natural or woodland burial grounds can vary significantly, depending on the site you choose and where you live in the UK. It can cost as little as a few hundred pounds and fluctuate to several thousand.
You may also have to pay an additional interment fee, though these do vary between natural burial grounds. Please remember that the overall cost of a green funeral will depend on what other arrangements you choose to make, such as funeral transport and floral tributes.
Your Funeral Director will be on hand to talk you through the costs of arranging a woodland burial for a loved one.
Is there any way I can reduce burial costs?
Consider a simple funeral: Our Simple Funeral offers a complete funeral at a lower cost, without compromising on the quality of the service that is delivered. It includes all of the essentials, including a professional and fully trained Funeral Director to support you at every step of the way. The Simple Funeral is available for £1,695 in Scotland or £1,995 throughout the rest of the UK, excluding third party costs.
Consider your optional extras carefully: We understand that the cost of a burial funeral can cause extra stress at an already difficult time. That’s why our experienced and friendly Funeral Directors will be happy to suggest a way of reducing the cost of your burial, from thinking about transport options to catering and everything in between.
Help with paying for funeral and burial costs: If you’re struggling to cover the cost of a funeral, there are options for financial help available, from government support - such as the funeral expenses payment - to assistance from charities.
*Source: SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2021
Talk to your local Funeral Director about burial costs in your area
Your local Dignity Funeral Director will help arrange a burial funeral for your loved one. Contact us to find out more about local burial costs.