a place to remember for all ages


Step into a secret world and discover a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, as you enter 45 green acres of spectacular Victorian Garden Cemetery.

With so much to discover for all ages at Arnos Vale, we take a look at some of the activities you can enjoy during your visit.

Self-guided walks

Walk around the site on our discovery trail and learn about the diverse history and landscape. Discover four pieces of modern memorial sculpture created by independent memorial artist on loan from The Lettering Arts Trust.

Fascinating Exhibitions

From Victorian origins to modern day stories, have a look behind the scenes in the West Lodge and Spielman Crypt.

Tours and Talks

Join one of our public tours or book an expert-led private tour or talk for your group or business by contacting learning@arnosvale.org.uk

Delicious Coffee & Treats

Take some time to relax and indulge in a slice of homemade cake at our Cafe and Terrace.

Gift Shop & More Trails

Go off and explore with one of our self-led trails including Sculpture, Secret Cemetery, Makers of Bristol and Deadly Bristol.

Get our Discovery Trail Map...

Discover the people, wildlife and history that make Arnos Vale so special. Get your free Discovery Trail leaflet at the gift shop in the East Lodge or download the trail map now. 

Bristol’s hidden gem. We love nothing more than going for a walk at Arnos Vale and the kids love exploring!



Find out more about the history of the city, told in a leafy and tranquil setting, rich in architecture, fascinating trails and nature walks.


Enjoy activities from wonderful nature trails to our expert led Forest School.

Arnos Vale is a magical outdoor classroom full of rich activities to inspire young minds. Take your children on one of our specially designed walks around the 45 acre site or take a look at our schedule of family activities throughout the year.


Arnos Vale is home to a selection of fabulous venues perfect for any occasion.

From the impressive Anglican Chapel to the Spielman Centre with its fusion of elegant Victorian architecture and modern glass panelling alongside our newly created woodland centre, licensed for weddings and events. With stunning unique venues on offer, why not contact us today about your event? bookings@arnosvale.org.uk or call 0117 971 9117


The living and the dead,
The awake and the sleeping,
The young and the old
are all one and the same.




For our opening times please go to our Site Information page. Dogs on leads are more than welcome to visit with you.

The Visitor Centre, West Lodge and Spielman Centre Exhibition and Ceremonial Way are all fully accessible by ramp or lift. The discovery trail is accessible by wheelchair but involves some steep climbs (accessible route shown on trail).  Unfortunately the Crypt Exhibition and themed woodland trails are not currently fully accessible due to the uneven nature of the paths and steps.

Arnos Vale is not run by Bristol City Council. We rely on your donations to keep us going.  If you enjoyed your visit please thank us by donating on-site to secure our future - Thank You


The Arnos Vale cemetery lies close to Bristol city centre on the A4 Bath road.

  • Arnos Vale Cemetery has some parking on site and can be found following the Postcode BS4 3EW
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery is a green site and we promote the use of public transport.  If arriving by train, the nearest station is Temple Meads, located a mile to the east. Bus services 1, X39, 57, 178 and 349 stop outside the Bath Road gates.
  • Bike racks can be found by our East Lodge and by our café in the Spielman Centre
  • Dogs on leads are welcome

Further site information and a location map are available on our site info page.

Arnos Vale is a hidden gem, a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city telling the history of Bristol in a perfectly laid out trail.

D.C., November 2015

0117 971 9117 to talk in person