Lister Lane Cemetery Open Day

Lister Lane Cemetery is officially recognised as a European Cemetery of Significance. As part of National Cemeteries Week 12 – 20 May, learn about its fantastic history on Sunday 13 May,  12:00pm-4:00pm.

FREE guided tours take place at 1:00pm and 2:00pm.


Please wear sturdy footwear and note that there are no toilets on site.

The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, particularly the Gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway.

The Cemetery has been recognised as a Significant Cemetery in Europe, one of only 13 in the UK, putting it alongside such famous cemeteries as Highgate in London.

Lister Lane Cemetery covers three acres of land, laid out around a now derelict neo-classical chapel and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill.

It’s memorials provide an index of many people who shaped the development of Halifax during its period of spectacular growth in the 19th century, a period which defined the way the town still looks today. Some of its many stories of local importance can be referenced through our publications or on the People page of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery website.

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