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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 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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  • Thank you to Emily our Spooktacular Tour Guide for the "Morbid Curiosity Tour" around Arnos Vale Cemetery, incredibly informative, the tour explains the meaningful motifs that adorn the tomb stones... 
    Thank you to Emily our Spooktacular Tour Guide for the "Morbid Curiosity Tour" around Arnos Vale Cemetery, incredibly informative, the tour explains the meaningful motifs that adorn the tomb stones...  more »
  • A brilliant tour with Charlotte this evening; thank you so much! So many interesting facts & stories - so atmospheric! I highly recommend a night-time tour at this amazing cemetery. 
    A brilliant tour with Charlotte this evening; thank you so much! So many interesting facts & stories - so atmospheric! I highly recommend a night-time tour at this amazing cemetery.  more »
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  • An extremely atmospheric place. Beautiful old cemetery with beautiful architecture. It is worth visiting this cemetery if you are nearby. I think it's one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Bristol. Beautiful at any time of the year.
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery is a very interesting place with beautiful architecture and some unique headstones. On any day you can view the place and wander around the winding paths but at night during the Bristol Film Festival you can enjoy a different experience. Screening Sweeney Todd late at night at a cemetery in a cold night gives you a different kind of thrill. Comfortable conference/ wedding like seating. Clean toilets. Spooky 👻

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