A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors, Barnstaple

A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors are here to support you if a loved one has just passed away and you need help arranging the funeral. We offer a range of funerals to suit your needs. You can find out more below or give us a call to discuss.
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Rating 5.0

Barnstaple funeral home

At this difficult time, A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors in Barnstaple is here to help. We will support and guide you through the process of arranging a funeral, ensuring your loved one has the dignified send off you would wish for.

Having served the families of North Devon since 1918, you can be sure that our longstanding connection to the town means we have both the experience and the local knowledge to give your loved one a truly personal funeral. One that meets your requirements.

Our team of funeral directors in Barnstaple will be ready to offer assistance and comfort in your time of need, providing advice and a shoulder to cry on whenever you need it. The care we offer to your loved one is also second to none, and performed to the highest standards while they rest here.

Our Barnstaple funeral home is located on Queen Street, where we have been since the move from our original location on Trinity Street. As well as the families of the town, we also serve our neighbouring communities in North Devon, such as Braunton, Bideford and Northam.

You can rely on us to arrange a fitting goodbye to your loved one. Call 01271 342774 today, to speak to our Barnstaple funeral directors and discuss your needs.

What we offer

  • A team of funeral professionals, on hand to give you expert guidance and advice
  • Funerals arranged to meet your wishes, down to the smallest detail
  • Cremation and burial services, held at a local crematorium, church or other funeral site of your choosing
  • Local knowledge of Barnstaple and the surrounding area of North Devon
  • Services arranged to suit all faiths, cultures and beliefs
  • A private chapel of rest, where you can spend time with your loved one
  • Hearses, limousines and bespoke vehicle options for a more unique or personal touch
  • Memorials, headstones and a range of beautifully-crafted funeral tributes
  • A selection of prepaid funeral plans, giving you and your family peace of mind
Planning a funeral in Barnstaple
Planning a funeral in Barnstaple
When you have lost a loved one, the prospect of planning their funeral can be a daunting one. Our funeral directors in Barnstaple will take care of you and ensure you get the guidance you need.

When planning a funeral in Barnstaple, you may wish to consider the following:
  • What kind of funeral will it be? Do you want a traditional funeral or something more contemporary or unique? Is it going to be a cremation or a burial, religious or humanist? If you've yet to make a decision, we will be able to help you reach one, based on your needs
  • Where will it be held? The funeral service can be held in a number locations, not just a place of worship or a crematorium. Some people choose to hold the service at home, or in a village hall or hotel. We can advise on suitable venues in Barnstaple for your loved one's send off
  • Will there be music or readings? You can make the funeral more personal by including a song or songs that your loved one liked or meant something to both of you. A reading, such as poetry or a passage of meaningful text can help bring comfort to those attending, and you may even wish to write or read the eulogy yourself
  • Floral tributes or charity donations? A lot of people nowadays choose to forgo flowers and ask that the mourners make a contribution to a chosen charity instead. At the end of the day, the decision is entirely up to you.
These are just some of the considerations you will need to take into account. You can visit our funeral home in Barnstaple at any time during opening hours. Rest assured, the team will always be ready to help you plan your loved one's funeral.
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Funeral Services with distinction

Our funeral directors in Barnstaple is a part of Dignity Funerals, a leader in providing funeral care services, with a nationwide network of funeral homes and a commitment to setting the highest of standards.

At A G Simmonds & Sons, we are honoured to serve and live among the families of North Devon. As a longstanding part of the community, having provided support to the town for over 100 years, you can be sure of both our local knowledge and funeral expertise.
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99 per cent of families said that Dignity met or exceeded their expectations.
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97.7 per cent of people said that they would recommend Dignity.

Our funeral services

With two packages available, we will be able to arrange the funeral you have in mind for your loved one.

If you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary funeral with a service, you should consider our Attended Funeral. If you want us to arrange a simple cremation without mourners present, our Unattended Funeral may better suit your needs.

View our Standardised Price List, Additional Options Price List and Crematoria Price List.
  • The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    Our Unattended Funeral allows friends and family to commemorate your loved one in their own way. Our expert funeral directors will provide all necessary care, while offering advice and support every step of the way. A cremation will then be carried out without mourners present, overseen by one of our qualified attendants.
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    From
    £1295
    plus £- (Includes cost of cremation).
    plus £- (Includes cost of cremation).
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    The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    From
    £1295
    plus £- (Includes cost of cremation).
    plus £- (Includes cost of cremation).
    Our Unattended Funeral allows friends and family to commemorate your loved one in their own way. Our expert funeral directors will provide all necessary care, while offering advice and support every step of the way. A cremation will then be carried out without mourners present, overseen by one of our qualified attendants.
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  • The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    Our expert team will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect, while we help arrange a personalised funeral with any additional services you wish.
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    From
    £2295
    plus £1109 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation with doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1109 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation with doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
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    The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    From
    £2295
    plus £1109 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation with doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1109 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation with doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    Our expert team will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect, while we help arrange a personalised funeral with any additional services you wish.
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  • North Devon Select Funeral

    A funeral service at your chosen venue, where family and friends can celebrate the life of your loved one, followed by an unattended cremation.
    When you choose our local Alternative Venue service, our expert funeral directors will help you to arrange a touching service for your loved one, where family and friends can come together to remember them and celebrate their life. The cremation will then be carried out with the utmost care at one of our selected local crematoria without any mourners present.
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    From
    £3230
    plus £POA Platinum Funeral Option Price.
    plus £POA Platinum Funeral Option Price.
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    North Devon Select Funeral

    A funeral service at your chosen venue, where family and friends can celebrate the life of your loved one, followed by an unattended cremation.
    From
    £3230
    plus £POA Platinum Funeral Option Price.
    plus £POA Platinum Funeral Option Price.
    When you choose our local Alternative Venue service, our expert funeral directors will help you to arrange a touching service for your loved one, where family and friends can come together to remember them and celebrate their life. The cremation will then be carried out with the utmost care at one of our selected local crematoria without any mourners present.
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Where to find us

Address

28a Queen Street
Barnstaple EX32 8HQ
GB

Directions and Parking

We are close to Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, just along from the bus station.

We have disabled parking at our funeral home and there are three car parks close by.

Funeral Home Opening Times

Outside of normal hours, visits can be made by appointment only.
Day of the WeekHours
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

24 Hour Availability

Outside of our funeral home’s opening times, we are available 24 hours a day by phone.
Call 24 hours on 01271 342774

Frequently asked questions

  • When someone dies, the first steps will depend on how and where the person passed away. Our step-by-step guides will walk you through the practical steps. For additional support and personal advice, please get in touch with us.


  • You don't have to make an appointment at our funeral homes. However, doing so will ensure that someone can be available to cater to your needs. When arranging a funeral, our Funeral Directors are happy to visit you in your own home, if required.


  • Third party funeral costs are additional charges which we will manage for you and attach to your single invoice. Get in touch with us to confirm costs and plan a funeral to fit your budget.


  • If you choose to arrange the funeral with us, you will be given the option of a complimentary Funeral Notice. We will set it up for you using the details discussed during the arrangements. All we need is an email address.


  • Dignity Funeral Plans let you pay for your funeral in advance and at today's price. It's a way of taking control of the unexpected, setting out the arrangements and limiting the costs by paying for the services included in the funeral plan upfront.


Reviews of our services

5.0
Rating 5.0
based on 21 reviews
Rating 5.0
During what was obviously a very sad time I was really happy with the way that the whole process of organizing my mum’s funeral went on the 17th February. I really didn’t know what to expect and how it was going to all work and I felt heard and respected throughout. The ladies I was in contact with was Nikki and Sarah at the Barnstaple branch.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your sentiments with us regarding your experience. I am pleased to hear that you found our staff to be professional and respectful.It has been a privilege to support your family and care for your mum. We are proud of the whole team.
Rating 5.0
We can't praise the funeral directors enough for their caring and support during and after the funeral of my beloved wife,they took a lot of the stress and worry from my shoulders. Bless you all
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
I am pleased we were able to help make things easier for you at such a difficult time. It has been a privilege to support your family and care for your wife. We are proud of the whole team.
Rating 5.0
friendly service, reasonable prices although quote for headstone was not competative
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
We appreciate you leaving a review online for your experience with A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors, We take pride in giving outstanding service to our families. I am pleased it all went well for you and the family. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this review.
Rating 5.0
Extremely helpful excellent service Sarah and her team did a wonderfull job sending mother off .
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
It is good to know that we managed to make the day run as smoothly as possible for you. I am pleased that you were well looked after by our team.
Rating 5.0
Faultless, they couldn’t offer any better service.
You feel welcomed into their family and in turn they end up feeling a treasured part of your own family.
They offer not just the necessary business required, but time, caring, understanding and support.
They just have a unique, special, meaningful manner, that once received you do not forget.
THANK YOU.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on your online review I am pleased that we provided the highest level of care and guidance for you and your family. We are very proud of our team and the care they give and it means the world when we hear from the families that we have looked after.
Rating 5.0
I couldn’t be anymore happy with the customer service that your company provided for my partners funeral. U made his day perfect and I thank each and every of you for the support. and now have very special friendships for the staff. Much love
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
It has been a privilege to look after your Partner. Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you and we are happy this was achieved. Your feedback is so valuable to us and we would like to say thank you.
Rating 5.0
The service we received from the moment we called to the end of the service and beyond from Sarah and Nicky was fantastic nothing was too much trouble for them and they helped us with issues we had with dignity and respect.
I cannot praise them highly enough.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
It is always good to hear that individual members of our team have provided a service to you to the best of their ability. I am glad that we were able to provide you with the dignity and respect needed at this time.
Rating 5.0
Your staff were very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. They kept us updated with the plans and checked that we were all ok. They made a stressful time easy to cope with.
Thank you.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
The team will be very pleased to hear that their care and support made a difference to your family.
Rating 5.0
From start to finish the information I was given was very helpful and took some of the stress of the situation out.
I would recommend A.G.Simmonds for their courtesy and consideration given to me at this stressful time
P H
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for these lovely words, it means so much to the whole team. I am happy that we were able to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of a difficult situation and make things easier for you and I am happy to hear that we were able to help ease any worries that you may have had.
Rating 5.0
I found them to be very efficient and they were always available to help. i was very pleased with my Mums service and would happily recommend this company to anyone in need of Funeral services.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for this recommendation. I am glad that you chose A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Director to look after your Mother. It’s good to hear that you and the family received helpful guidance through this time and you found the team to be efficient. Your feedback is always valuable to us.
Rating 5.0
Everything was very good and the staff fantastic.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Your feedback is so valuable to us and we would like to say thank you.
Rating 5.0
Sadly lost both my parents within 2 months we used Simmonds on both occasions. Nothing was to much trouble Sarah & everyone at Simmonds went above and beyond we can’t thank them enough
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
I am glad that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected. It has been a privilege to support your family and care for your Parents. We are proud of the whole team.
Rating 5.0
After a very traumatic experience with another funeral director, Sarah and her team went above and beyond my family's expectations. The level of service, care, support, respect and dignity shown was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and we were kept informed every step of the way, communication was brilliant.
Myself and my family will be forever grateful for the way in which Sarah and her team handled this very distressing situation and I can't thank them enough. Everyone of Sarah's team care about the work that they do and are a real credit to Dignity.
Thank you
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
I am happy that we were able to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of a difficult situation and make things easier for you. It has been a privilege to support your family and care for your husband, thank you for these lovely words, it means so much to the whole team.
Rating 5.0
My family and I cannot express how helpful and supportive Sarah and Alec were during this difficult time. They made the whole process of arranging the funeral for my father staightforward and easy. the service led by Sarah was perfect for my Dad. The whole team were helpful, friendly and utterly professional at all times. I will definately recommend them to everyone, and will use them again (hopefully not too soon) when the time comes. Thank You.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this review. I am glad that the final wishes for your Father were carried out to the highest standard.
Rating 5.0
I was impressed both by the desire to comply with my wishes and the efficiency with which they were carried out.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
We are grateful of you using our services to provide something special for your loved one.
Rating 5.0
Sarah and Alex provided us with the support and guidance we needed at such a difficult time. They listened to our requests and did their upmost to make them happen. We were made very welcome by all the members of the team at Barnstaple whenever we visited and they took very good care of my mom while she was with them. Sarah’s guidance and gentle hand on the day was much needed. We would highly recommend them.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted on your online review. I am glad that you found our staff to be informative and reliable and that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
A G Simmonds gave me excellent service when my Mum passed away. They were helpful and sympathetic and definitely went that extra mile. The funeral went very smoothly and it was carried out professionally, respectfully and in a dignified manner. Sarah and Alex were always ready to answer my questions and nothing was too much trouble. I should like to thank them and the bearers for making everything so easy at this difficult time. I would definitely recommend A G Simmonds to anyone requiring such a good service in such an unhappy situation. Thank you so much.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
I am glad that you chose A G Simmonds & Sons to take care of your Mother and that you had the trust and confidence in our team to be able to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
The whole funeral experience was handled with the right amount of sympathy and understanding - I found a kindred soul in Sarah, who was light hearted when I needed her to be - I cannot recommend A G Simmonds highly enough in their handling of my husband’s funeral.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for the comments left as part of your online review. I am glad that we were able to provide you with the care and support needed at this time and that you confided in us as a team to take care of your loved one.
Rating 5.0
When my father died nearly six years ago he had in place a fully paid funeral plan with Dignity and A.G Simmonds looked after all the arrangements which took out most of the worry you get when someone close passes away.Therefore when my mother died at the end of april 2019 my family and i had no hesitation in asking A.G.Simmonds to take care of all the arrangements.
After contacting them initially we found that certain departments made mistakes which caused a lot more worry and heartache which we could have done without at this troubling time.However Sarah,who looked after us worked like a trojan to iron out these difficulties enabling us to meet the cremation deadlines which we thought would never meet.
I cannot thank all the staff concerned enough,Sarah herself took the service which everyone who attended thought it was a most memorable time and was more of a celebration(she was nearly 101).
I would not hesitate in recommending A.G.Simmonds as they really knowff the meaning of Dignity.
Geoff Adams on behalf of the family of my mother Mrs Ruth Maud Adams.
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
Thank you for your very kind 5* star review and comments. We are pleased to hear that our staff looked after you and that you would have no hesitation in recommending us. If you wish to discuss the concerns you mention further, please contact our Client Relations Team who will be able to look into these for you on 0800 731 0655.
Rating 5.0
Very professional but also caring. Sarah was so helpful and understanding and she headed the service on her day off. Really warm caring and professional undertakers
Would recommend anyone to use there service. Also Sarah recommended a florist just a little way down the street which was a really nice florist the flowers were lovely. Many thanks to A G Simmonds and there team excellent service
Response from A G Simmonds & Sons Funeral Directors
We appreciate you leaving a review online for your experience with A G Simmonds & Sons. I am pleased to hear that you found our staff to be professional and respectful and that we were able to provide you with the care and support needed at this time.
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