Location: Bristol
Venues Arnos Vale Cemetery
Arnos Vale Cemetery
  • Unique venue offering outdoor and indoor civil ceremonies, Church of England ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions.
  • Choice of three exquisite venues across the 45 acres of stunning woodland
  • Picturesque grounds filled with historic Grade-II listed buildings and monuments
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator with you throughout your planning and on the day
  • A quiet oasis with a city centre location
  • Fully-licensed for ceremonies, entertainment, and alcohol sales

Just a short distance from Bristol city centre, this unforgettable venue has the benefit of being easily accessible, intimate, peaceful and is very sheltered. Situated amongst vibrant wildflowers and extensive woodlands, their three characteristic venues can be mixed and matched to create your perfect day. This combined with their professional in-house caterers, Kate's Kitchen, means that you can be assured that your big day is taken care of.

The Underwood Centre is the venue of choice for those after a laid back, festival style wedding surrounded by the natural beauty of our woodland eco-system. The Anglican chapel is a perfect location for a traditional Church of England marriage service, formal wedding breakfast and lavish evening reception. The more recently renovated Spielman Centre is in an idyllic position for relaxed and personal civil wedding and partnership ceremonies. All three of these distinctive venues can be combined to make Arnos Vale the complete location for your Bristol wedding.

History

Queen Victoria had only recently succeeded to the throne when this gorgeous garden cemetery was opened in 1839. Both the Chapel and the Gate Lodges at Arnos Vale are listed buildings, and the estate contains an impressive series of 25 Grade-II listed monuments.

In 1987, alarmed by news that the private owner of the Cemetery had announced plans to clear and commercially develop a large section of the Cemetery, there was a huge campaign to secure a safe future for Arnos Vale, supported by the Bristol council, Bristol citizens and many people worldwide. The group that initiated the campaign later became known as the Friends of Arnos Vale, who continue to invaluably work to secure the cemetery's future, as a registered charitable trust.

Facilities

Woodland Weddings

Discover Bristol's only true licensed woodland wedding venue in the heart of the city. Surrounded by tranquil beauty and birdsong, the wooden beamed Underwood Centre brings couples face-to-face with nature. This rustic setting is the perfect location for laid back woodland receptions, with toasted marshmallows, drinks and BBQs making the occasion even more memorable for 60-80 guests!

Reception Capacity - 60-80 guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity – 60 guests seated plus an additional 20 standing

Reception Capacity – 80 guests

Anglican Chapel

The stunning, light and airy Chapel was originally built in 1839 and has recently been lovingly restored to its former glory. Natural light streams into this peaceful chapel, which features an ornate bell tower, and magnificent steps offering a perfect backdrop for wedding photographs. The chapel has exceptional acoustics, and is licensed for Anglican marriage services, and/or wedding breakfasts accommodating up to 100 guests.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 guests

Seated Wedding Breakfast Reception Capacity - 70-80 guests

Evening Reception (including Atrium Cafe) – 140 guests

Spielman Centre

Constructed in 1839 as a Non-Conformist Chapel, this unusual building is reminiscent of a grand classical Greek temple. During a recent renovation, a tasteful glass pavilion (which houses our onsite cafe) and an outdoor central terrace were added to the picturesque building, now licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies for up to 80 guests.

Arnos Vale's dedicated, experienced and flexible events team will be on hand to help you plan your dream wedding every step of the way. They can strongly recommend a representative selection of exceptionally good local suppliers, and useful equipment such as a PA system with mixing deck, a projector, a microphone and screen are all readily available for hire.

Church of England Ceremony Capacity - 100 guests

Seated Wedding Breakfast Reception Capacity – 100 guests

Evening Reception Capacity – 120 guests

Catering

Wholesome, home-cooked food is the magic ingredient in Arnos Vale's professional, in-house caterers, Kate's Kitchen. There's nothing like a feast of freshly sourced, lovingly-prepared food to add sparkle to the biggest day of your life. With years of wedding catering experience behind them, they know what it takes to make your wedding day special. We can take the hassle out of the preparation so you can relax and enjoy playing the host.

Just as no two weddings are the same, neither are any two menus. From beautifully presented canapés to lavish formal dinners or casual barbecues, Kate's Kitchen will create an entirely bespoke wedding menu especially for you.

To find out more about Arnos Vale Cemetery and it all it has to offer use the contact buttons listed above and below.

Address
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
West Lodge
Arnos Vale Cemetery
Bath Road
Bristol
BS4 3EW

Reviews

  • Noreen and Phil – 27/06/16

    If you are looking for somewhere a little bit different in a beautiful natural rustic setting bathed in the dappled sunshine coming through the trees and filled with bird song then look no further. Tranquil, relaxing calming not words usually associated with wedding venues but so true of the Underwood Centre at Arnos Vale.

    Kat, the wedding co-ordinator, was highly professional, caring, calm and reassuring as were all the staff that we had dealings with at Arnos Vale. We were kept informed at all stages of the planning and made to feel that the whole aim of the team was to make our day as special and relaxed as possible. Thank you Kat and Shane it was a truly magical day.

  • Cher and James – 28/08/16

    I can't rate this place enough. Had the most amazing Woodland wedding. The venue was perfect, the staff were amazing, helpful and friendly and Kat was right there when you needed her. Thank you so much for making our day the best ever.

  • Jade and Tim – 10/10/16

    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 Spielman 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 a lot 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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