London Road Cemetery:
Paxton's Arboretum


Designed by famous architect Joseph Paxton, London Road Cemetery is an early example of the 19th century ‘garden cemetery’ movement, developed not only as a burial site but also as place of natural beauty for the people of Coventry to enjoy.

Appointed in 1845, Paxton incorporated the hilly layout of the former quarry the site sits on into his design, and brought in a range of exotic trees from abroad. He also commissioned two chapels: a Nonconformist chapel designed to look like a classical temple and an Anglican Chapel in a Norman style.

Those buried in the cemetery include most of the city’s Victorian pioneers of transport, especially in the emerging bicycle and car industries. There are also many impressive monuments, including one at the main entrance dedicated to Joseph Paxton himself, designed by Joseph Goddard.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Historic Coventry Trust and Coventry City Council have completed a restoration project in the cemetery funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. The Anglican Chapel, the raised promenade and the old cemetery entrance have all been restored and new interpretation has been installed to tell the stories of site’s residents and natural heritage.

Initial repair works have now begun at the Nonconformist chapel (funded by Historic England), in-advance of works to find a new use for the building.

What's on at London Road Cemetery

Christmas wreath making at Anglican Chapel
Fri 8 December 2023

Christmas wreath making at Anglican Chapel

Anglican Chapel, London Road Cemetery, CV1 2JT, Fri 8 December 2023 | 2pm - 4pm

Head gardener Gianni Antoniazzi will be lending his creative skills to help you create a beautiful foraged wreath. You get to take your creation home and also enjoy festive mince pie and refreshments. Suitable for beginners.

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Christmas Yoga at Anglican Chapel
Thurs 14 December 2023

Christmas Yoga at Anglican Chapel

Anglican Chapel, London Road Cemetery, CV1 2JT, Thurs 14 December 2023 | 6:30pm - 8pm

Take a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle to join us for a gentle yoga and relaxation in unusual settings of the stunning Anglican Chapel.

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Tree trail

Explore the cemetery’s natural heritage

Tree trail

Meet the residents

Discover the stories of the cemetery

Meet the residents trail

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Sat Nav Destination: CV1 2JT

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Visitors arriving by car should park in the Charterhouse car park and enter the cemetery through the carriageway entrance.


Made possible with Heritage Fund Community Fund Coventry City Council

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The Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery is available for private and corporate hire. The space can be booked for daytime and/or evening events.

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