Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Step into a secret world and discover 45 green acres, close to the heart of Bristol, where the history of the city is told in a leafy and tranquil setting, rich in walks, wildlife, architecture, fascinating displays and memorials.
"So beautiful, so original and so unusual that you just can’t fail to fall in love with it!"
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Arnos Vale has something for everyone and is open all year round. Entry is free and we welcome donations to safeguard the future sustainability of Arnos Vale.
Arnos Vale is internationally-recognised as one of Britain’s best examples of a Victorian garden cemetery, set in a leafy 45-acre Arcadian landscape dotted with classical buildings, historic monuments, sweeping carriage drives and leafy walks lined with wildflowers. It is often described as a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise busy part of a bustling city.
The Atrium Cafe is open daily from 10am-4pm, serving lovely lunches, delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and cream teas with a lovely selection of teas and coffees, cold drinks, select wines, local ale and cider.
Arnos Vale is full of stories and regular themed tours are held throughout the year. If you are travelling in a large group and would like a bespoke tour we can arrange a tour to suit your groups’ particular interest. On Saturday afternoons we offer Taster Tours lasting just over 45 minutes - giving a whistle-stop tour and some fascinating facts about Bristol and the cemetery. Booking is not necessary but it is advisable to have a look at the website or ring to check the tour is running.
If Wildlife is more your thing, then Arnos Vale reveals wildlife surprises throughout the year; sweeping roads and pathways, flowers, fauna, trees, creatures and critters. Arnos Vale is not simply an important site for biodiversity in itself. It is also a vital stepping stone in Bristol’s wildlife corridors, connecting wildlife separated by roads and buildings, foxes, badgers, owls and bats. We even have our own resident Roe Deer who makes the odd appearance. Horse chestnut trees, oak, Irish yews, Austrian pines, Western red cedar, Chilean pine, Himalayan cedar, English yews, weeping ash and shrubs such as cherry laurel, Japanese spindle and box. In the woodland areas you will find primroses, wild garlic, lady’s smock, goldilocks buttercup and many other plants, including some rare national species such as ivy broomrape. With ever-changing scenery and landscape there is always something new to discover.
Arnos Vale has its very own learning team and we have a wide variety of educational experiences and family activities throughout the year. From Stomping Stories and Creative Workshops through to academic research and learning resources for schools. Arnos Vale is a Site of Special Conservation Interest and is a magical outdoor classroom which abounds with places to explore art, architecture, history and nature.
Arnos Vale is a tranquil, unique, unusual and beautiful site set in 45 acres of green landscape. The two Grade II* Listed buildings are ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Anglican Chapel is available for Anglican Ceremonies and the Spielman Centre is registered for Civil Partnerships and Ceremonies. With our on-site catering company Whisk! we can cater for any wedding reception from simple affairs to sumptuous banquets. Either historic venue can be arranged for receptions, parties and celebrations making Arnos Vale an all-inclusive venue.
Both venues are available for private hire, for business events, family or social occasions, funeral gatherings or celebrations of life, performances, conferences, product launches, exhibitions, dance classes and fitness. Both unique venues are stylish Victorian buildings of a classical design which have recently been expertly and carefully restored. If you are here at the weekend and would like to unwind with a fitness class then we currently offer Yoga and Tai Chi on a Saturday morning.
Arnos Vale Cemetery is open to visitors all year round including Christmas, New Year, Easter and all Bank Holidays. From March to September, the gates to the grounds are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00am-5:00pm on Sundays; from October to February, the times are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am - 4:30pm on Sundays.
For a full list of all the events at Arnos Vale please visit the website
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