Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Panoramic view of beautiful Arnos Vale cemetery from the Bath Road entrance

Arnos Vale Cemetery is one of the earliest and most important working Victorian cemeteries in the UK.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre, Sacred space

Opening hours

9 - 5 Monday to Friday. 9 - 4 Saturday and Sunday

Admission charges

Its free to visit Arnos Vale, but as a charitable trust we are reliant on - and very grateful for - any donations you would like to make.

Getting there

Getting Here
Arnos Vale lies close to Bristol's city centre on the A4 Bath Road, at Brislington. Pedestrians have a choice of three entry points - from the Bath Road; from Cemetery Road (off the A37 Wells Road) or via Arnos Park. The nearest train station is Temple Meads, located just under a mile east of the site. Bus services 1, X39, 57, 178 and 349 stop outside the Bath Road gates. There is parking for bicycles at the back of the Visitor Reception (East Lodge). Parking on site is limited and vehicles must enter via Bath Road.
More travel information and a map can be found at:
http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/index.php/visitus/travel-directions

Additional info

East Lodge: Visitor Reception and Gift Shop provide all the introductory information you need for a visit to Arnos Vale. External ramp provides wheelchair access up the listed building's steps.

West Lodge: Exhibition on ground floor "The Creation of Arnos Vale" including exhibition films, tactile map, historic artefacts and Books of Remembrance. External ramp for wheelchair access.

Spielman Centre: Stunning conversion of the historic Nonconformist Chapel into a fully-accessible learning and community space with a glass atrium. Exhibition "Behind the Scenes" in the historic crematorium basement explores the history of cremation, including some historic artefacts such as a coffin lift, furnace, coffin bier and cremulator.
Visitor WCs are to be found in the basement, accessible by stairs or lift.
Community learning space and cafe are on the ground floor, with lovely outdoor terrace for sunny seating.

Anglican Chapel: Beautiful restored Victorian interior with fine acoustics. The location for our popular evening events including concerts, talks and theatre.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Angel raising hand to the sky also holding flowers

Questioning the Dead with artist Marcus Coates

  • 28 October 2016 6:30-9pm

People have been speaking to the dead for thousands of years and for many different reasons. Do they believe the dead are listening? not necessarily, but the need to speak out loud in a way that might seem irrational to some is an important form of expression for others. Some speak to passed loved ones to continue their bond and familiarity or to say things that weren’t said when they could have been heard. Others speak to the dead for religious or spiritual reasons, to an inhabited imagined world beyond our physical comprehension. Often though, it is the simple voicing of worries or concerns, maybe a question without the expectation of an answer or response.

Question the Dead with artist Marcus Coates. Watch and join in with an amazing artistic chorus in the Night time cemetery. Ask and hear questions asked of the dead in coming together of voices. Questions that can't be answered, that are important,or that we all ask are posed to those resting in Arnos Vale Cemetery.
The questions are all produced by the public in the weeks before the event by submitting them on site or via social media FB arnosvalecemetery, twitter @arnosvalecem.

After the performance, night tours of the cemetery are available plus the bar, exhibitions and building will be open until 9pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tour charges apply, Marcus Coates performance is free

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk

Getting there

Getting Here
Arnos Vale lies close to Bristol's city centre on the A4 Bath Road, at Brislington. Pedestrians have a choice of three entry points - from the Bath Road; from Cemetery Road (off the A37 Wells Road) or via Arnos Park. The nearest train station is Temple Meads, located just under a mile east of the site. Bus services 1, X39, 57, 178 and 349 stop outside the Bath Road gates. There is parking for bicycles at the back of the Visitor Reception (East Lodge). Parking on site is limited and vehicles must enter via Bath Road.
More travel information and a map can be found at:
http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/index.php/visitus/travel-directions

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
West Lodge, Bath Road
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS4 3EW
England

Website

www.arnosvale.org.uk

E-mail

info@arnosvale.org.uk

Telephone

0117 9719117

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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