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Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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 from Temple Meads railway station and about 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.
The cemetery was designed by Charles Underwood in the style of a Greek Necropolis. Within a few years of its opening in 1837 it became the most fashionable place to be buried in Bristol.
During the 20th century the cemetery fell into disrepair, and local groups began campaigning for its restoration. In 1987 the owner disclosed plans to exhume the bodies and develop the site for housing. Early in the 21st century following a public campaign the site was subject to a compulsory purchase order by Bristol City Council.
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  • Beautiful and interesting walks, great cafe for takeaways and clean toilets. What more can one ask for in lockdown?  more »
  • We live locally and often visit this beautiful cemetery for a stroll. The cemetery was open on Sunday, during the second lockdown. However, the cafe is closed (contrary to the information available...  more »
  • Really lovely cafe with friendly staff and great food, we had brunch and cake! There were vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available and the seating area was pleasant and spotless. We also had a walk around the grounds which were much larger than we had thought. Dogs are welcome around the grounds and in the outside seating area which is covered. The little fairy doors hidden around the ground are really cute and probably a lovely thing to do with kids. The exhibitions in the buildings are interesting and everything is explained clearly. Some of the paths are rugged and some manicured enough for pushchairs or wheelchairs so there is a walk for everyone.
  • I love love love this place the cafe is amazing lovely staff to. So beautiful to take walks. You forget your in a cemetery in the middle of busy bristol with nature all around you. So many fascinating headstones and stories behind them. Theres a lovely little shop which sales trail leaflets that are good to buy at 50p each then give you some amazing historic facts. Highly recommend going

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