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  • Saturday Tour 25/09/2021
    September 25, 2021
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Tour 02/10/2021
    October 2, 2021
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Tour 09/10/2021
    October 9, 2021
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Tour 30/10/2021
    October 30, 2021
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Expert led tour Come and join our expert guide for an informal Saturday afternoon ramble around our lovely cemetery at 1.30pm every Saturday. This tour will vary from week to week depending on the weather and time of year. The guide will tell you about the cemetery’s past, present and future.  They will show you (more…)

  • September 27, 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Raja Ram Mohan Roy is buried under one of the grandest memorials in Arnos Vale Cemetery.  Discover the story of how did he end up under a chhatri in Bristol at our online talk by expert Carla Contractor and life trustee of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Who is the Raja? Rajah Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833) (more…)

  • Morbid Curiosity Night Tour 01/10/2021
    October 1, 2021
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Morbid Curiosity Night Tour 08/10/2021
    October 8, 2021
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Have you ever walked around a cemetery or graveyard and thought ‘I wonder how they died?’.  Well now’s your chance to find out. Hear about drownings and hangings, murder and unfortunate accidents, a ‘crinoline death’, diseases of the past such as cholera and smallpox, childbirth complications and fatal childhood diseases. Bring a torch (as it (more…)

  • MMM tour 01/10/2021
    October 1, 2021
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Tour Uncover some of the more unusual and outrageous stories ‘buried’ in Arnos Vale on our Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Tour. Our expert guide will share stories of murder, rioting, adultery and more on this evening tour. You will visit beautiful memorials in our amazing listed landscape and hear terrible (more…)

  • The Perils of Premature Burial
    October 20, 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Buried alive Dwelling on humanity’s fear of being buried alive, in 1866 the medical journal Lancet wrote: ‘truly there is something about the very notion of such a fate calculated to make one shudder, and to send a cold steam down one’s spine.’ Hand coming out of an open coffin in (more…)

  • Winter Tree Tour
    December 5, 2021
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Winter Tree Tour Ecologist Mary will take you on a journey around amazing trees that dominate the cemetery. Winter can be a tricky time of year to identify trees, when many native species have shed their autumnal leaves and bare branches stretch to the sky so our guide will help you with identification tricks and (more…)

  • The Sin-eater: lives and afterlives
    January 5, 2022
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A sin-eater was a ‘long, leane, ugly, lamentable poor raskal’ (Aubrey, 1687) who, by eating a special ritual meal, consumed a dead person’s sins and helped them enter heaven. In this talk Dr Helen Frisby surveys the evidence for this fascinating old funerary character and their (more…)