Arnos Vale

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Arnos Vale Cemetery Bath Road Bristol Bristol BS4 3EW
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About Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol
Bristol, BS4 3EW

Right in the heart of Bristol, Arnos Vale is the perfect location if you’re looking for something a little bit different. You can mix and match our three unique venues for your ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening celebrations.

Queen Victoria had only recently succeeded to the throne when Arnos Vale’s gorgeous garden Cemetery was opened in 1839. The Cemetery was designed to be visually attractive in the style of a walled Greek Necropolis, with neo-classical mortuary chapels and gate lodges set in a beautiful garden of trees and plants. 

Nestled in the woods you’ll find our woodland wedding venue the Underwood Centre, imagine birds singing and fairy lights twinkling as you toast marshmallows around the fire. Our iconic venue the Spielman Centre welcomes you with grand steps and elegant pillars, a stunning fusion of Victorian architecture mixed with modern glass design. Finally, our Grade II listed Anglican Chapel is the center piece of our venue collection, giant wooden doors open to the grandest of halls complete with original Victorian features.   

Our professional onsite caterers Cleverchefs offer a delicious menu that’s perfect for your wedding celebrations, from beautifully presented canapes or classic barbeques, to lavish formal dining experiences - they will ensure that all your guests are well fed throughout the day.

Spring and Summer is ideal if you’re looking for a blanket of wildflowers, fresh greenery, and warm evenings. In Autumn the leaves are turning and an orange glow fills the estate, this is the perfect time for opulence and a rich, bold décor. Take in the crisp air with a Winter wedding, think cosy blankets and a collection of ash coloured foliage and bright berries. Whether you opt for sumptuous decoration or add minimal accents to your chosen venue you can create a truly bespoke atmosphere for your special day. We offer weddings every day of the year and have a number of packages available or our wedding manager Buffy (or the wedding slayer as we like to call her) can create a bespoke quote and timeline for you. 

The 45 acre site is of considerable ecological importance, having progressed from mediaeval countryside, Georgian estate and Victorian Cemetery to the present day with almost no use of chemical pesticides or insecticides. It is now a rare urban haven for wildlife and plants. Arnos Vale is now a registered charitable trust with the ‘Friends of Arnos Vale’ continuing to restore and preserve the site for future generations


• Unique woodland wedding venue located in the heart of Bristol • Thee unique venues to mix and match for your celebrations • Licensed outdoor ceremonies are available in our Woodland Wedding space for up to 80 guests • Spielman Centre is licensed for civil ceremonies up to 90 guests and evening receptions up to 140 guests • Anglican Chapel is licensed for Church of England ceremonies and can accommodate 100 guests for seated receptions or 120 guests for evening celebrations • 45 acres of stunning woodland and a collection of grand, Grade 2 listed, buildings perfect for photo opportunites

Facilities at Arnos Vale

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the City
Outdoor License
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

Arnos Vale Reviews (20)

Our day was incredible
Venue Service

By Helen and Natalie, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 04 Jun 2019

Our day was incredible. Not only does this venue offer a relaxed environment to get married in - the staff from Arnos vale and Kate’s kitchen really add to the specialness of the day. The food and drinks choices are fantastic, the facilities great and there’s so much opportunity to put a mark on your day. All staff are happy to help and contribute. Couldn’t ask for more. Buffy is worth her weight in gold! Played an instrumental part in ensuring the day went as planned and she went above and beyond. V impressed.

Could not have been better
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By Su and Jason, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 18 May 2019

Everything was amazing. The venue was awesome, people worked really hard to make it look beautiful and helped my guests on the day. Everyone said how delicious the food was, both day and night. 10 out of 10 for Cleverchefs, Buffy the wedding coordinator and the staff at Arnos Vale. Thank you for a perfect day. Xx

We loved that everything was so personal
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By Erika and Tristan, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 05 May 2019

The process from start to finish was well organised, friendly and professional. The venue is beautiful and the staff are fantastic. We loved that everything was so flexible so that we could create a day that was personal to us. Buffy was amazing and made everything so easy for us during the planning and on the day, we couldn't have done it without her. Thank you to everyone at Arnos Vale.

The most amazing venue everything was perfect
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By Holly and Nick, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2019

Buffy (wedding coordinator) was the most understanding, enthusiastic person who makes everything so easy and chilled. The most important part was to find a location that I could bring my best friend, my dog to walk me down the aisle the venue was one of a few locations that will allow this, For me that made it perfect!

Had the most amazing wedding experience
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By Amy and Dan, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2019

We had the most amazing wedding experience at Arnos Vale. The location was beautiful, the food was delicious and the organisation throughout and on the day was fantastic! We would highly recommend getting married at this atmospheric and unique setting! Buffy (wedding coordinator) was incredibly supportive and great throughout!

A huge thank you for making it so perfect
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By Anna and James, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2018

From the moment we visited Arnos Vale and met with Buffy with knew it was the place for us. Whilst we had initially hoped for the ceremony to take place and the Underwood Centre, the Spielman Centre wasmore magical than we ever imagined. The day itself ran so smoothly, we couldn't have asked for anything more. A huge thank you to Buffy, Adela, Clive and the 'The Team' for making it so perfect!

Our wedding flowed so well
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By Charlotte and Mark, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2018

A lot of people can’t see the potential of Arnos Vale as people shy away from the fact it’s a cemetery. However, as soon as we walked through the gates it felt like magic! Our wedding flowed so well using both the Anglican Chapel and Spielman Centre. The catering team (Cleverchefs) are outstanding and Buffy is phenomenal! Buffy took over the wedding coordinator role at Arnos Vale halfway through our wedding planning process. She gave us so much more confidence and helped us every step of the way. She was professional, courteous and easy to get along with. Her attention to detail, regarding the organisation of our wedding (the spread sheet) was phenomenal! She contacted all of our suppliers the week before our wedding which took the load off of us and gave our suppliers a point of contact on the day. Buffy is a real asset to the Arnos Vale team and she really made our wedding day.

We had just the wedding we wanted
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By Amy and Adam, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 16 Sep 2018

We had just the wedding day that we wanted at Arnos Vale. A beautiful and intimate venue to gather our friends and family to celebrate with us. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding coordinator than Buffy - thank you.

Could not be happier
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By Sam and Tilly, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 26 Aug 2018

The spielman centre provided the perfect venue for our wedding. Buffy and the team provided all the support we needed, so that the the planning and the day itself was seamless.

Woodland summer wedding - a rare gem
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By James Gill, on 06 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2017

How could you ask for more? A secluded woodland venue, yet within touching distance of Bristol city centre. Arnos Vale gives you three venues in one: it's up to you how you combine them. We had our ceremony outside in the tranquil, atmospheric (and licensed) 'Underwood Centre' – a rare treat. The 'Spielman Centre' decked in fairy lights and candles made for a gorgeous evening reception – not least because we didn't have to worry about transporting everyone to a separate venue. From first meeting to last dance, Kat and her team were friendly, efficient, and always enthusiastic. We were in the safest of hands.

Winter Wedding Breakfast at Arnos Vale
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By Jenny and Dave Waters, on 19 Feb 2017Date of Wedding - 26 Nov 2016

We held our Wedding Breakfast at Arnos Vale and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our wedding coordinator Kat was excellent and we had loads of compliments about the immaculately kept and atmospheric venue. The food was great and the bar had just the right amount of variety including many local drinks companies. The Spielman Centre easily held our 70 evening do guests. Really great place to celebrate.

!st October - Woodland Wedding
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By Jade Salter Hewitt, on 10 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 01 Oct 2016

Couldn't recommend this venue more for a wedding in a woodland, in the centre of Bristol. The Underwood is such an intimate place to hold a ceremony with all your loved ones close by, and the Speilman centre for the reception is wonderful. Having the use of the cafe/bar area is great for people to have a chat and a break from dancing! Kat really made our day, and in the lead up, no query seemed to be too much. It was very reassuring to have Kat there on the day, and I'm sure she did alot more than we even realised. The whole experience was very relaxed, and we loved that we had scope to add as many personal touches as we could. If we could do it again, it would be here...

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