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.
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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

  • 25 July 2014 7:15-8:45pm
  • 22 August 2014 6:15-7:45pm

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

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Forest School Fun Day

  • 24 July 2014 10am-3pm

Forest School fun day is a fun-filled day trying out a range of nature-inspired activities and games. Learn new skills and discover something new.

The day will be filled from start to finish with fantastic games, craft activities including dye making, natural jewellery making and den building. They will enjoy exploring nature throughout the day in our fantastic new Outdoor Classroom in the heart of the woodland. Children will have a go at a range of skills and new experiences that will build confidence whilst making friends.

Suitable for 7+ years.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£20.00 per child.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/family-children-listings/eventdetail/441/-/forest-school-fun-day

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Taster Tour

  • 26 July 2014 1:30-2:15pm
  • 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

  • 1 August 2014 8:15-9:45pm
  • 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

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Yoga for Health With John Irving

  • 2 August 2014 10:30-11:30am

John continues this popular class on Saturday mornings. Just arrive ready to start at 10.30am, come as you are, wear something warm, loose, and comfy. Bring a yoga mat and block, there are some provided if you need.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop-in: £8.00 or £6.00 concessions. Prepaid 8 Classes: £56.00 or £42.00 concessions.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/fitness-dance-listings/eventdetail/642/-/yoga-for-health-with-john-irving

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Great War Tour

  • 2 August 2014 1:30-3pm

A century on from the British declaration of war in Germany in August 1914, we visit some of the graves of service personnel and civilians from the Great War.

Arnos Vale's Great War memorial was built in 1921 at Soldier's Corner to mark the graves of Great War casualties who died in Bristol's hospitals. The cemetery is the last resting place of servicemen from all over the world - as well as local people who lived through the war.

Warm clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/422/-/great-war-tour

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Wellie Wanders

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Take a gentle guided stroll with your little ones in the beautiful woods. Have fun discovering nature and exploring the outdoors. £3.00 per child. Just turn up and pay on the day or book on Eventbrite (charge applies).

Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. Small children in prams are welcome but event takes in uneven paths, steep slopes and may include some steps. Warm waterproof clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/435/-/wellie-wanders

Girls sitting in the woods

Forest Forays

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Try out a week of Forest School style activities in the beautiful woods. The session will be filled from start to finish with fantastic games, craft activities and bushcraft work. They will enjoy exploring nature throughout the day in our fantastic new Outdoor Classroom in the heart of the woodland. Children will have a go at a range of skills and new experiences that will build confidence whilst making friends.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 per child per morning.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/429/-/forest-forays

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Marvellous Medicine Tour

  • 9 August 2014 1:30-3pm

From fresh water to forensics, childhood disease to Cholera, the discoveries of medical professionals saved many lives and along the way made Bristol one of the healthiest places to live.

In this special guided tour of Arnos Vale we celebrate the doctors, surgeons, scientists and patients who made medical history and transformed the city's health.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/423/-/marvellous-medicine-tour

French and British troops detonating Mills hand grenades on the Balkan Front.

Great War Iconography Stone-Carving Workshop

  • 10 August 2014 1-4pm

In August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany and joined the First World War, resulting in tragic loss of life on an unprecedented scale.

Arnos Vale is the last resting place of more than 300 servicemen from the Great War. All sacrifices made in war were considered equally great and were marked by uniform gravestones and distinctive iconography. In this special workshop during the centenary of the Great War you will learn to carve a Dove of Peace, Poppy or Remembrance image in stone for each student to take home.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £36.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/490/-/great-war-iconography-stone-carving-workshop

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Cemetery Boundaries Tour

  • 16 August 2014 1:30-3pm

More walk than talk, this wide-ranging tour explores the full extent of grounds of Arnos Vale cemetery, and growth through time, from the 1830s cemetery's boundaries to later expanded areas of burial ground in the 1860s and 1890s. The route includes steep slopes and steps for a healthy workout, with stories from graves along the way.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/421/-/cemetery-boundaries-tour

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Bird Bonanza

  • 19 August 2014 10am-1pm

Arnos Vale is a wonderful habitat full of fantastic birds. Learn who calls the woods their home and how they live. Then make a bird feeder to take home.

Two sessions are available: 10:00-11:00 and 12:00-13:00. As Arnos Vale is an outdoor site, to ensure you and your family have a safe and comfortable time, please come dressed for all weathers. Pushchairs and wheelchair users are welcome but as Arnos Vale Cemetery is a listed site, some areas may be less accessible.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10.00 per family.

Website

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/all-events-listings/eventdetail/425/-/bird-bonanza

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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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