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Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

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Arnos Vale Cemetery, located in Arnos Vale, Bristol, England, was established in 1837. Its first burial was in 1839. The cemetery followed a joint-stock model, funded by shareholders. It was laid out as an Arcadian landscape with buildings by Charles Underwood. It is listed, Grade II*, on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.Arnos Vale cemetery is located on the road from Bristol to Bath . The cemetery is located just before Edward Road and Brislington, about a mile from Temple Meads railway station and about 2 miles from Bristol bus station.The cemetery includes a number of listed buildings and monuments, including the Grade II* listed Church of England Mortuary Chapel, Nonconformist Mortuary Chapel, and entrance lodges and gates and screen walls to main entrance.During the 20th century the cemetery fell into disrepair, and local groups began campaigning for its restoration. In 2003 it was featured on the BBC programme Restoration. The cemetery was a South West region runner-up and has since received a £4.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The cemetery is undergoing restoration, however the Mortuary Chapel, Entrance Lodges and Gates and Nonconformist Mortuary Chapel remain on the English Heritage Heritage at Risk Register.
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  • after visiting the cemetery to scatter my granddads ashes we had a coffee in the new café and it was great bit on the small side as I would imagine gets quite busy in the good weather as there are tri...  more »
  • Tranquil, beautiful place. Lots of trees and a lovely woodland walk. Great place for a bit of calm and a place great for thinking. 
  • Gravestones and tombs that scramble to be seen among the vegetation. History in a natural setting. Beautiful!
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  • Love this place. You can park inside and then take one of the many paths up into the woodland cemetery. There's a small cafe here too.
  • I always used to feel a bit scared walking past cemeteries, but now I appreciate the history. This Victorian cemetery has been restored, although some tombstones still give a vibe of history with plants growing up them and perhaps with bits missing. I first went into the cemetery when I was researching about WWI and I discovered there's a Commonwealth War Grave just inside the gates to the right. They've done a great job raising awareness and there are always events from Wedding Fairs, to children's tours, bat-watching, and even Zumba classes in the hall. There's also a cafe serving coffees and treats.
  • Great place, nice combination of graves and nature with a interactive information about local animals.
  • There can't be many cemeteries with a cafe, gift shop and 45 acres of land to explore. Arnos Vale is truly spectacular, particularly in spring but whatever the weather, the mood will take you. If you're looking for a bit of peace, or just a nice walk, then head here, you'll not regret it. There's plenty of bird life such as robins, thrushes and woodpeckers and if you're lucky you might spot a fox. Plenty of flora to go with the fauna, if you're a photographer then take your camera, lots to shoot when the light is good. Atrium Cafe does some hot food as well as the usual cafe treats, plenty of seating. They had one of the Gromits on one visit I made and there are often events going on such as bat walks and yoga. There are some monumental tombs as well, plenty of history and a wealth of information so you know what you're looking at it. Up there with SS Great Britain but for very different reasons.
  • A rather eclectic mix of nature reserve, Victorian funereal architecture and the slightly macabre (crematorium remains crusher in visitor centre). We've found roe deer tracks, hedgehog droppings and fox poo whilst wandering the tracks. The experience changes with the season: birdsong in the spring; buzzards circling in the summer; swish of leaves in the autumn; tracks in the snow in the winter. You can explore Victorian social strata exposed by the style and expense of the gravestones, as well as the rather grand monument of one of the founders of modern Hinduism. And the coffee shop is nice!