Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Arnos Vale Cemetery, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW

Tel: +44 (0)117 971 9117

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Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

About

The Bath Road gates are open from 9am until 4pm, every day. The Cleverchefs cafe and toilets are open from 9am - 3.30pm.

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 a working cemetery and often described as a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise busy part of a bustling city.

"So beautiful, so original and so unusual that you just can’t fail to fall in love with it!" CAIO (The online guide for world travellers)

Their income has been hugely hit by the Coronavirus pandemic and they are working hard to look after this magical site for visitors, the team and all the volunteers that have helped over the years. Entry is free, however donations are welcome.

Cafe

Cleverchefs are the cafe operators at Arnos Vale. Providing a beautiful range of handcrafted food for weddings as well as in the cafe and covered patio area.

Wildlife

If wildlife is your thing, then Arnos Vale reveals wonderful surprises throughout the year; flowers, fauna, trees, creatures and critters. Not simply an important site for biodiversity, it is also a vital steppingstone in Bristol’s wildlife corridors, connecting wildlife separated by roads and buildings. 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. 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. With ever-changing scenery and landscape there is always something new to discover. 

War Graves

More than 600 British and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen from both World Wars and older conflicts are remembered at Arnos Vale Cemetery, including three recipients of Britain’s highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross, and veterans who survived the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. You can find out more on the Arnos Vale website

Weddings

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. Arnos Vale even offer woodland weddings in the Underwood Centre where you can have an unusual and laid-back wedding ceremony and celebration in the heart of the site. With their on-site catering company, they can cater for any wedding reception from a simple ceremony to sumptuous banquets. Either historic venue can be arranged for receptions, parties and celebrations making Arnos Vale an all-inclusive venue.

Venue Hire

The venues are currently available for weddings, meetings, funerals or celebrations of life.

Visiting

For up to date opening times and to catch up with their latest news go to their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - limited

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      331
    • Very Good
      144
    • Average
      14
    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Annette C
      Torquay, United Kingdom
      Nice walk around the greenery
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 2nd December 2021
      A nice walk around the grounds, reading some of the headstones which is interesting. A huge area, well kept and popular with other walkers. Read full review
    • R7522FBcathyh
      Trip Type:
      Family
      An oasis in the city
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 24th December 2021
      Interesting place to find out about Bristol's social history and to explore the stonemasons' skill. The lovely Volunteer Coordinator took some time to tell us about the history of the cemetery and... Read full review
    • mrsgbristol
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Not what you’d think! A peaceful walk and a great coffee!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 3rd January 2022
      We love Arnos! They have so much to offer from the little shop, the walks in the grounds, the cafe and the live events they do too! The cafe staff are friendly and the coffee is good. It’s a little... Read full review

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