This beautifull Victorian cemetery was saved by a charitable trust, Bristol City Council and lottery money (the owner had planned to build housing on the land). It has over 40 acres of land, some of which is kept in a natural state to help wildlife thrive. It is a working cemetery, and burials and scatterings still happen on a regular basis.
The cemetery has a cafe, two buildings that can be used for functions and a shop (where you can purchase firewood and charcoal made there, and Christmas trees in season and event tickets).
Various events are held there including historical tours, concerts, wildlife tours and various events for schools and children featuring history, science and just plain fun. They now are licensed for weddings.
No matter what time of year, it's a lovely place to wander around and learn about the local history.
Nothing beats a good cemetery!
I can't say I would make a special trip to visit the cemetery (I don't have any loved ones residing here) but we were passing it one day in the car, the sun was shining, so we thought we'd have a little walk around.
There is something quite absorbing about being able to read snippets of people's lives, try and work out what they might have been like, the plot thickens when you sometimes find connected people buried side by side.
I never did the whole grave yard at night thing in my teenage years, but I would certainly recommend a visit in the day should you be that neck of the woods.
Alright, call me morbid, but I enjoy nothing better than an afternoon poking around the cemetery, reading old tombstones and exploring the past. Arnos Vale cemetery absolutely fascinates me - its war memorials, elaborate tombs of Indian maharaja and big Cliftonite family mauseleoums. There's nowt creepy about it - with butterflies and birds and flowers growing over everything. They're even buidling a multi-million pound new glass visitor centre and restoring all the Grade II listed monuments that are dotted about the place. You can get lost for several hours in amongst the stones. The vale is great for stretching your legs and broadening your historical knowledge, and close enough to Bath rd, the Paintworks and Banco lounge for a quick drink afterwards if you fancy it.
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