About Mortonhall Crematorium

Cremation in Edinburgh

Cremation in Edinburgh

Following on from the significant fire in March 2015, work has been carried out to develop a £2million programme of improvements and investment to ensure legal compliance, and to develop a modern and customer focussed facility moving forward. 

In order for this to happen a major refurbishment programme will take place during 2016  requiring the temporary closure of crematorium buildings.

We anticipate being able to offer a limited number of cremations without memorial service in early March, then cremation with memorial services in the Pentland Chapel soon after that, with the Main Chapel and reception area re opening March/April. We will remain with the office based in the temporary portacabin until the refurbishment is completed, as the contractors are concentrating on ensuring the facilities for cremations and Chapel services take priority.  The Chapel and Garden of Remembrance, Waiting Room toilets, burial grounds and all memorials on site will be open to customers. It's likely there will be some clearly marked walkways in place to support these visits, as others areas of the site may not be accessible at all times whilst construction is under way.

The work will include a number of customer focussed improvements such as;

  • additional furnishings and fittings in the waiting room
  • improve design and lay out of the main office
  • private meeting space for families
  • new disabled access customer toilet.

In addition, there will be a range of technical and structural improvements, including;

  • replacement of a previously fire damaged cremator
  • replacement of the roof.

Administration offices

The City of Edinburgh Council will maintain an office based presence on site.  Before the work starts, the administration offices at Mortonhall will move to temporary accommodation  within Mortonhall grounds from Monday, 16th May, 2016. Staff will be happy to welcome you to this new location which is fully and comfortably furnished for all visitors, and includes private meeting space for customers.

If you do require further information please contact staff on 0131 664 4314 or email mortonhallcrematorium@edinburgh.gov.uk.

About Mortonhall

Mortonhall Crematorium is situated on the south side of Edinburgh in a mature woodland setting. The crematorium, created by the architect Sir Basil Spence, was opened in February 1967.

To arrange a cremation at Mortonhall, you can speak to your funeral director or contact us directly.

Facilities at Mortonhall

  • Main Chapel (seating for 250)
  • Pentland Chapel (seating for 50)
  • Religious symbols representing Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, San, Sikhism and Tao. All symbols can be covered for non-religious services
  • an organ, ipod docking station, CD and tape playing equipment in both chapels
  • downloadable music system, with the majority of music able to be sourced
  • outside speakers for Main chapel for when there is not enough room within the chapel for all mourners
  • disabled parking and removable pew for wheelchairs in both chapels. A wheelchair is also available
  • deaf aid loop system in both chapels
  • waiting room with toilets, including disabled toilet
  • car park within the grounds.


Find out about the types of memorials at Mortonhall

  • Book of remembrance
  • Baby book of remembrance
  • Memorial walkway plaques
  • Columbarium

Customer Survey

Mortonhall Crematorium aims to provide the highest possible standard of care. Your views are important in helping us to improve the service we provide. We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in our short online survey.

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