The cemetery is a place to enjoy peace and rest; to remember those who have died, both those buried here and loved ones buried elsewhere. It is open all day every day. It is listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site and several of the tombs are also listed as of special architectural and historical interest.
The cemetery is consecrated ground, consisting of burial grounds for 13 of the oldest parishes in central Cambridge. The land is owned by the clergy of the parishes with plots. It is managed by the Parochial Burial Grounds Management Committee and maintained by the City Council, in collaboration with the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery.