William Purves Funeral Directors - Oakvale Funeral Home

Oakvale is the head office of William Purves, Scotland’s largest group of independent funeral directors.

A 21st century funeral home in the heart of Edinburgh

Heritage enthusiasts can see Oakvale in its modern splendour. Conceived initially as a cathedral, its build began in the 1840's. Over the years it's been used as a private residence, a convent and a junior school. In 1995 Oakvale settled as a modern funeral home; head office of William Purves, Scotland's largest group of independent funeral directors.

Visitors can freely visit fully restored period drawing rooms, an ashes library and the garden. Over two floors, we have magnificent reception rooms boasting ornate plasterwork, woodwork, and original fireplaces. In addition, there is an original oak staircase lit by a large stained glass window.

Whether you want to sit with a coffee and admire the views of Marchmont, or guide children through our coffin quiz, hunt for the Lego funeral directors, or take a selfie in our limousines – there's something to occupy all ages.

There is plenty to see but those with walking difficulties will be limited to the ground floor only. Our mortuary and office spaces will not be open.

Booking details

Tours will take place throughout the day. No advanced booking required

Opening Dates: 

24th and 25th September

Opening times: 

1.30am - 4pm


106 Whitehouse Loan




  • Accessible parking
  • Step-free access
  • Routes free from trip hazards
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Gender neutral toilets
  • Seating
  • Prayer room
  • Quiet room
  • Baby feeding and changing area
  • Pram and buggy storage
  • Information and signposting available in large print