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.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Private Barlow's funeral

For Our Tomorrow: Arnos Vale and the Great War

  • 25 March — 25 October 2015 *on now

The exhibition which is entitled, 'For Our Tomorrow: Arnos Vale and the Great War', is the final stage in Arnos Vale's ambitious project, 'Stories from the Great War' which was undertaken to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Exhibition is the culmination of a two year project telling the story of wartime Arnos Vale, where many of those who subsequently died in Bristol's military hospitals finally came to rest. It shares some of the research undertaken by the volunteer research team and the stories of those who died and those who cared for them.

Arnos Vale learning coordinator Janine Marriott said of the upcoming exhibition: "The story of Arnos Vale during wartime is a fascinating one. We look forward to sharing new research and our latest understanding of the history of Arnos Vale in the new public exhibition which will be open for six months."

The exhibition is open from 10-4 everyday and located underneath the Anglican Chapel in the Crypt

Entry to the Exhibition is free but we welcome all donations

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.

BATTLEFIELD SURGERY - BLOOD, PUS & PAIN

  • 14 May 2015 7-8pm

Discover the gory facts and curious tools used in a time before anesthetics and antiseptics. Meet Mr King, Crimean Surgeon RN, for an enlightening demonstration of the techniques in the theatre of war (not for the faint hearted).

Geoff King will share his wide knowledge of historic medical techniques with his amazing collection of real and replica instruments and a little audience participation. Discover how an amputation took place, what happened if you had a bladder stone and learn about the kind of injuries that occurred during war.

Geoff has entertained audiences at The Royal College of Surgeons & Highgate Cemetery.

This event takes place in the Anglican Chapel. Please dress warmly.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are £4.00 (+booking fee).

NIGHT AT THE CEMETERY TOUR Night Tour and Supper!

  • 15 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Travel along paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into the mortuary crypt and discover the darker side of Arnos Vale in an atmospheric exploration of tragic tales, folk customs and funeral etiquette of Victorian society.

Places on this popular event sell-out quickly, so book your tickets now.

Pre-Tour Cemetery Supper

Indulge yourself with a pre-tour supper in the atmospheric Victorian surroundings of our Anglican Chapel.

For the first time ever, we are offering a tasty pre-tour supper soiree for all tour goers. Treat yourself to a delicious two-course seasonal menu of main meal followed by dessert, with a glass of wine all for £15 per person!

Supper is served from 6:30-7:15pm and is exclusive to tour-goers, but must be booked in advance. To book your place, select the Tour & Supper ticket on Eventbrite.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. The tour route includes some steep slopes, steps and muddy or uneven paths. Wearing warm clothes and sensible shoes is strongly recommended. Find out more about visiting Arnos Vale safely here.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are £8.00 (tour ticket only) or £23.40 (tour and supper included). Booking fee on all tickets applies.

NIGHT AT THE CEMETERY TOUR Night Tour and Supper!

  • 16 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Travel along paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into the mortuary crypt and discover the darker side of Arnos Vale in an atmospheric exploration of tragic tales, folk customs and funeral etiquette of Victorian society.

Places on this popular event sell-out quickly, so book your tickets now.

Pre-Tour Cemetery Supper

Indulge yourself with a pre-tour supper in the atmospheric Victorian surroundings of our Anglican Chapel.

For the first time ever, we are offering a tasty pre-tour supper soiree for all tour goers. Treat yourself to a delicious two-course seasonal menu of main meal followed by dessert, with a glass of wine all for £15 per person!

Supper is served from 6:30-7:15pm and is exclusive to tour-goers, but must be booked in advance. To book your place, select the Tour & Supper ticket on Eventbrite.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. The tour route includes some steep slopes, steps and muddy or uneven paths. Wearing warm clothes and sensible shoes is strongly recommended. Find out more about visiting Arnos Vale safely here.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are £8.00 (tour ticket only) or £23.40 (tour and supper included). Booking fee on all tickets applies.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are £8.00 (tour ticket only) or £23.40 (tour and supper included). Booking fee on all tickets applies.

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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