B Matthews Funeral Directors

A part of Southampton’s landscape since 1959, B Matthews was established by Bernard Matthews to provide a sympathetic and dignified service with a local touch.

Over the years we have maintained the same commitment to traditional values, combined with consideration and respect for our customers wishes.

Our Funeral Plans

Unattended Cremation Plan

A simple, dignified and low-cost cremation without the formalities of a funeral, with no service at the crematorium.


Choice Essentials Funeral Plan

Covers all essential Funeral Director services

From £2,650

Choice Plus Funeral Plan

Covers all essential Funeral Director services plus embalming and a chauffeured limousine for up to six passengers

From £2,925

*Equivalent price shown is a national average, based on 255 branches within the Funeral Partners Network (correct as of Feb 2024) and includes our lowest priced coffin. Funeral prices vary and may go up or down in the future.

Third Party Fees and Additional Products & Services are not included in the Choice Essentials and Choice Plus Plans. Certain Third Party Fees (burial or cremation fees and doctor’s fees, if required) must be paid in order for the funeral to take place, in addition to the funeral plan cost.

With a Choice Funeral Plan

Our Funeral Plan enables you to prepay for certain elements of your funeral in advance and fix the cost of Funeral Director Services, protecting you from the risk of these rising.

  • The Funeral Director Services are included
  • For Choice Essential and Choice Plus Plans you have the option to make Voluntary Contributions towards Third Party Fees and Additional Products & Services
  • You will not require a medical assessment
  • You are able to record your wishes to help your family make decisions when the time comes

Choose a Branch to buy your Funeral Plan


Shirley Road, Southampton, England, United Kingdom.

26 reviews on Google

Park Gate

7, Middle Road, Southampton, England, SO31 7GH, United Kingdom.

30 reviews on Google


146, Portsmouth Road, Southampton, England, SO19 9BG, United Kingdom.

68 reviews on Google



Rating: 5 from 26 reviews View on Google Maps

Sue Jones

2 months ago

Look no further than these amazing people to help celebrate your loved one’s life. With no idea where to start planning Dads cremation we met Sam. With her expert guidance we were able to plan the perfect celebration of Dads life. She listened to all we had to say and allowed us to make all the decisions at our pace. Sam’s communication was amazing, she put us in contact with an amazing celebrant Lisa , who took our memories and made them flow.The systems in place to listen to and choose music, upload photos and approve the order of service were so simple to use. Little touches from Sam for us as a family made a massive difference. On the day, we were dreading, the organisation was spot on, Gareth was amazing as were his team. The venue was stunning, so peaceful and calming, the service flawless and we left feeling a calmness that Dad was truly resting in peace. Thank for all your support and guidance.

Mark Cordall

a month ago

Samantha in Shirley Southampton branch was a breath of fresh air and a light in the darkness of bereavement. She was very compassionate and understanding. Took the time to ensure everything was in place and arranged as per my departed mums expressed wishes, and was a pleasure to speak too. B. Matthew's as a company did an excellant job and I would highly recommend them as a funeral arranger. Thank you samantha for making a difficult time a lot easier to cope with, you really made a big difference in a difficult situation.

Justin Dyer

a month ago

My late wife did some of the planning for her ceremony, before choosing a director to go with she went online and narrowed it downt to two places. She showed up unannounced to both and Sam at B matthews took it in her stride, she walked us through the process for a planb with ease. The other place we viewed that day seemed to be very uncomfortable talking to someone who was due to pass. When it came down to it Sam was brilliant with planning the whole service she was very supportive all the way through.

Martin Barnes

11 months ago

I was thrown into the unknown when my Dad passed suddenly and unexpectedly, we didn't know who to go with but went with B Matthews because they were local. I can honestly say both mum and myself are so pleased we did. We had a home visit with Sam who was kind, considerate, understanding, respectful and very helpful especially when it came to picking someone to do the service that would meet our requirements. The service was perfect and the limousines used were lovely and the drivers were again very considerate and respectful. From start to finish nothing was to much trouble for Sam, she was a great help for us and made such a difficult time just a little bit easier knowing my dad was very well looked after. A very professional team of people and I would recommend B Matthews with no hesitation.

Hayley Webb

a year ago

Sam at B Matthews in Shirley was fantastic from start to finish. She has been kind, caring, helpful & polite, Sam organised our mums funeral, she listened to us & helped us choose what we wanted whilst making sure we got what mum would have liked. Even after the service, Sam made time for me to go there & helped me with ordering my ashes into glass ring, she went above & beyond from the moment we met her. All of the people we met throughout this time, including the drivers of the limos were absolutely brilliant & I would definitely recommend Sam & B Matthews to people in what is the hardest time of their lives.

Park Gate

Rating: 5 from 30 reviews View on Google Maps

Hannah Davolls

5 months ago

B Matthews helped us when my father passed away in November. The team, in particular Charley, were all incredibly kind and professional during the whole process and made us feel like Dad was in good hands whilst we made the appropriate preparations. I can’t thank the team enough for making what is an incredibly sad and difficult time easier to organise

Steve Roberts

a year ago

Jane Roberts posting - We recently needed to use the services of Lisa and her Team at the Park Gate office following the sudden death of my husband, Steve. From start to finish Lisa made me feel less panicky, calmer and assured me that she would look after Steve for me until his funeral. This she did. On the day of the funeral Neil and his Team made sure Steve had a seamless send off and looked after all of us with great care and consideration. All in all Lisa and her Team helped to make everything just that little bit more bearable, for which I will be forever grateful. I wouldn't hesitate to go to her again, if needed, and would highly recommend Lisa and her Team to anyone that might need some kind and caring assistance at a difficult time.

Tim Gulliver

2 months ago

Service provided has been fantastic. Made the whole process of planning the funeral easy and affordable. Very kind and welcoming.

Matthew Benson

a year ago

I would not hesitate to recommend Lisa. From the outset she made us feel that she genuinely cared about our loss and worked hard to make the process as painless as possible. There were a number of issues totally outside of Lisa's control and yet she remained solution focused and always acted in our best interests. Lisa always kept us informed and acted with compassion and integrity. We felt that we were in a safe pair of caring hands.

Richard Brittain

a year ago

Excellent organisational skills by Lisa for all aspects of the funeral arrangements helping myself and the family to arrange a lovely service for my departed wife. Constant contact to ensure everything was working smoothly and reminding myself of all the arrangements necessary. Everything was carried out in good humour to break the sadness of the occasion. On the day Gareth and his team acted professionally and were well organised for the arrangements. I cannot recommend this company more highly.


Rating: 5 from 68 reviews View on Google Maps

Loraine Wardlaw

a year ago

My family and I were extremely impressed with the excellent service we received from B Matthews in Woolston. Gill and Lee were very professional, caring & understanding when arranging our beloved Dad’s funeral. They listened sensitively and attentively to our wishes and helped us to provide a service which was very fitting to dad’s long life. Because of family circumstances we had just 10 days to organise everything. Gill and Lee were very mindful of this and everything was swiftly put in place to deliver a good ‘send off’ for our 96 year old dad. We would highly recommend this funeral director.

Alan Burgess

3 months ago

I was very happy that we chose Matthews in Woolston again. They arranged my Mum's funeral several years ago and so we also wanted them to organise that of our Dad. Gill was very helpful and guided us through everything. She and the team were very professional and supportive. I have no hesitation in recommending them. Thank you Gill and team.

Adrian Mori

5 months ago

Gill and the team at B Matthews in Woolston were very professional, caring & understanding when arranging my mum's funeral. Gill listened to my wishes and helped me with a very fitting send off. Gill had great attention to detail and all the arrangements were checked and confirmed. This is the second time I have used the services of B Matthews in Woolston and I would highly recommend this funeral director.

Sue Cozens

3 weeks ago

Gill and the team at Woolston treated my Son and I with such sensitivity whilst planning the final journey of my Husband "JC" at the end of April. Gill has such compassion and empathy and made sure that every detail we requested was put in place and kept us informed every step of the way. At such a difficult time it is so important to have a people who understand everything you are going through and make the process for want of a better word 'bearable'. On the day itself Matt the funeral director explained everything that was going to happen from when he first arrived at our house and also for when we arrived at the Crematorium. On our arrival he checked that everything was in place and reported everything back to us prior to the Service and everyone entering the Chapel. He talked our two Sons who were going to be pallbearer's through their roles and put them at their ease as this was quite a daunting prospect for them both. I would highly recommend Gill and her team to anyone who has to go through this sad and hard time and again thank them all for making the day run seamlessly and easier to cope with.

Andrew Halladay

4 months ago

When we lose a loved one, it can be a difficult time. I recently lost my Father. The service I got from Gill & her team was first class. Professional, sympathetic & caring is how I would describe the way in which I was guided through every step in the process. I have no hesitation in recommending B Matthews should you find yourself in this situation. Thank you.