Mortonhall Crematorium and Grounds
30A Howdenhall Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TX
Mortonhall Crematorium is an operational, multi-denominational crematorium that opened in 1967. Commissioned by Edinburgh City Council in 1960, it was designed by the architectural firm Spence, Glover and Ferguson in Basil Spence’s post-war Expressionist style, reminiscent of his most famous built masterpiece, Coventry Cathedral.
Its two chapels, built of white calcined flint aggregate concrete blocks and angled to maximise the natural light, seat 250 and 50 people respectively. The architectural journal Prospect and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland have both named the Crematorium in lists of the top 100 post-war buildings in Scotland
While not open for in-person visits at the moment, Edinburgh Council and Captured Realities have produced the immersive 360° tour below that allows you to enjoy a virtual visit inside and outside of the main structures in the chapel complex and this tour of the Crematorium grounds, that lets you stroll through the well-tended and beautifully maintained Garden of Remembrance, Cemetery and Memorial Garden.