Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

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.
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, Museum, Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site, Industrial heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre, Sacred space, Ship or maritime heritage site, Historic house or home, Architecture centre

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.
photograph of rose

Sensory Tour

  • 23 August 2014 1:30-3pm

A multi-sensory tour designed especially for visually impaired visitors, featuring touch, smell, sound and audio descriptions to tell the story of this unique landscape and the people remembered here.

As a Victorian garden cemetery sprawling across 45 acres of ground and 170 years of Bristol's history, Arnos Vale is sadly not a fully accessible site. It contains uneven paths, steep slopes and steps which we recognise can provide a challenge to visually impaired visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets are £5.00 per person. Sighted guide companions go free (1 per person).

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/468/-/sensory-tour-new

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Summer Evening Tour

  • 22 August 2014 6:15-7:45pm *on now

Start your weekend with a relaxed evening exploration of Arnos Vale introducing a medley of beautiful vistas, interesting people and hidden paths.

The true beauty of the garden cemetery, with its Victorian heritage, classical architecture and varied wildlife, can often be missed in the busy hustle-and-bustle of normal opening hours at Arnos Vale. Join us on one of few select summer evenings, when our experienced volunteer guide leads a leisurely out of hours tour suited to the season. The Tour route varies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.40 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/461/-/new-summer-evening-tour

photogrpah of arnos vale cememtery

Taster Tour

  • 30 August 2014 1:30-2:15pm

Ideal for first time visitors, this shorter tour introduces the main landmarks, monuments and people to remember in Arnos Vale.

Warm clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended. Arnos Vale is not a fully accessible site and this tour route may include some steep slopes, steps and muddy or uneven paths.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5.00.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/450/-/taster-tour

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Bat Walk

  • 29 August 2014 7:15-8:45pm

Join us in the cemetery and embark on a dusk-to-dark adventure in search of these elusive creatures. Led by a local expert from Avon Bat Group using detection equipment, expertise and a few tricks up their sleeve, you'll visit the best bat-spotting locations in the cemetery as the bats come out to feed at dusk. Learn about our native bat species, their habitats and how humans can help these unique winged mammals.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £8.40 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/419/-/bat-walk

photogrpah of grave stone

Family History Foray

  • 26 August 2014 12:30-1:30pm, 2-3pm

This is an active tour for families who want to learn how to use gravestones and monuments to unearth stories from the past. Recommended for 6+ years.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. This tour takes in uneven paths, steep slopes and may include some steps. Warm waterproof clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended.

Tours at 12:30-13:30pm or 14:00-15:00pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/466/-/family-history-foray

Arnos Vale Night at the Cemetery Tours

Night at the Cemetery Tours

  • 31 October 2014 7:30-10:30pm

As dusk descends on the longest day of the year, our Friday-night tour of the Cemetery will take you on an atmospheric exploration of the graves, folk customs and funeral etiquette of Victorian society.

Soak up the gothic gloom and ethereal beauty of Bristol’s “Necropolis” on a summer evening as you travel along paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into the mortuary crypt and listen out for things that go bump in the night.

We will be running several guided tours - each approximately 60-90 minutes duration. Different time starts will be available - book early! The Night at The Cemetery Tours sell out fast!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Adults £7pp available from our website

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/events

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

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