National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum
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Monuments & Statues • Gardens
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. With 150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens to explore and over 300 unique memorials to see, you're sure to be fascinated by our many memorials and the amazing stories and symbolism behind them. Entry is free. To help you make the most of your visit; guided walks, tours and trails, learning activities, exhibitions, a restaurant and a gift shop are also available.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Lantipova
Birmingham, UK294 contributions
A beautiful and reflective experience
May 2021 • Friends
A beautiful and inspiring collection of memorials and a site of remembrance.

The site is beautifully and thoughtfully landscaped with even the trees planted relating to the oak in ships. An accessible space and lots to think about in terms of the layers of symbolism and their relationship to the memorials

Staff are very welcoming and a great cafe!
Written 14 June 2021
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The Ellistons
Heysham, UK56 contributions
Fitting place for everyone to visit
Jun 2021
What a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. It was so thought provoking as we walked around the different memorials. Yes a lot of them commemorate the army, navy and airforce, but there are lots of other places to see and remember, still born babies, guides.

All of the staff were friendly and informative. There is a place where you can find out about how to track relatives service and military awards, which I will certainly follow up on

We did the train trip as the site is so big, it gave us a very good initial insight and some of the history of the pieces.
Written 12 June 2021
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Ian Taylor
1 contribution
Why haven't you been yet?
Jun 2021
This review isn't for those who have any personal or family connection to a particular armed conflict, or to those who are simply interested in such conflicts, If that's you, you'll need no persuasion to visit. This review is for everyone else.

Seriously, why haven't you been yet? This Memorial Arboretum is absolutely faultless. It is vast (150 acres) but the clever design means that for the most part it feels quite intimate with lots of little groves, quiet paths and out-of-the way woodland. To cover it all at a leisurely pace, plus have a break for a spot of lunch, you'd need around 3-4 hours I think. Calmness, trees, tranquility, groves, hedges, trees, paths, greenery, peace, trees. You will love it just for being among it all.

The memorials. My word - there are hundreds of them, in broad, vague 'zones' (such as 'The Far East' or 'The Navy') dedicating and remembering just about every branch and unit of the armed forces you can think of, plus many that you have never considered. The memorials vary from simple rock plinths to huge inscribed walls, from grand statues of figures to smaller designs, from familiar insignia and motifs to abstract designs and sculptures. Also, there are countless small plaques with individuals' names on, dotted among the trees. Most of the memorials have background information on the unit, and a few have longer histories, too. Some memorials are very thought-provoking. One at least will probably make you feel like weeping.

But there is something extra-special about the site, I think, and something that people may not realise. This isn't just a memorial to 'soldiers' - it's our (National) memorial site for many other groups of people who have died - for example, those in the emergency services, victims of terrorism abroad, victims of car crashes, and children who have died too young in hospital. I think this is the most special thing about the Arboretum - it serves as a focal point for people grieving for so many reasons. It must, surely, help just a little? And I imagine the list of memorials for different groups will increase as time goes on.

What a fortunate nation we are to have such a place, how lucky we are to have the creative minds behind it! I can't imagine that any other country has done it as well as we have (if at all). If you were serving in the armed forces (in particular) I hope you would never feel that you would be forgotten if you lost you life for your country. Nobody should ever suspect that 'people didn't care'. This Arboretum is evidence that we DO care and we WON'T forget.
Written 9 June 2021
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Mark C
Great Malvern, UK565 contributions
Excellent and fitting memorial
Jun 2021
My wife and I attended the D-Day 77 Memorial at the NMA, and it was my first visit. The staff and the assistance they gave from entering to exit was second to none. The grounds and memorials are amazing and when I needed to find one specific the guides helped me find it. You need a good three hours plus here as there is so much to see. Truly special. I will return.
Written 7 June 2021
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GoDaddy99
Cheltenham, UK241 contributions
Outstanding!
Jun 2021
An absolutely amazing, beautiful, tranquil and of course, very poignant place! I thoroughly recommend a visit.

We'd of course heard of the memorial park being mentioned in the media on many occasions and being in the area for the weekend, thought we'd take the opportunity to call in. It requires a pre-booking time-slot for the car-park and a £4 charge but entry is free and once in you can stay for as long as you like. We arrived 3 hours after our time slot but it was not a problem.

Our visit was on a hot Saturday afternoon in early June. The car-park was full but the centre and park was not in any way crowded. Plenty of space to move around both indoors and out and many areas where you can sit quietly without a sole around.

The memorials themselves and the centre-piece, the memorial wall/s, obelisk and statues are a sight to behold! The rows and rows of names of people lost during the various wars and conflicts over the years, is just breathtaking.

We didn't speak to assistants around but am told that they are very friendly and informative, providing further detail and background information to the visuals.

There is a gift shop and toilets etc but the queue to the coffee-shop / ice creams, was somewhat slow and so we declined. I believe that there is normally an inside restaurant available as well.

Overall, a very, very pleasant experience. DEFINITELY worth visiting.
Written 7 June 2021
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Donna B
2 contributions
Beautiful place to visit
Jun 2021
What a beautiful, thought provoking place to visit. Lovely and peaceful and so much thought and care put into the memorials. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly, particularly with my dad who struggles with his walking. Everywhere was so well kept and immaculate and a fitting tribute.
Written 5 June 2021
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Lisa W
Nuneaton, UK37 contributions
Peaceful and respectful place
Jun 2021
I would highly recommended the National Memorial Arboretum to visit and pay your respects. It is a beautiful location and so respectful. Right from our arrival in the car park, which was scheduled due to Covid guidelines, the attendants there were so friendly and polite, and I can say the same about every single member of staff encountered throughout our visit.

We visited both the restaurant and the coffee bar and all food and drink was nice. There is also a shop and toilet facilities.

The location is absolutely full of memorials. We visited on a very sunny day and it was very peaceful to walk down 'The Beat' with memorials and trees planted by police forces in the UK. It is such a serene place, with clearly marked pathways and benches to sit and reflect.

The Shot at Dawn memorial is quite harrowing to see when you think about the representation shown there and the story behind this, which is told in interpretation in a nearby shelter. It is important to know this vital history however so the same mistakes are not made again.

Overall, I could not fault anything about our visit. The car park currently costs £4 per vehicle to park and to get in is free, however, donations are recommended and welcomed, of which I believe is necessary because when you see how immaculate the entire place is, it very much relies on donations and is an important part of our history. There is so much hard work that goes into its upkeep. We saw statues being treated and polished while we were there and the landscaping of the grounds is so wonderful and neat.

We will definitely be visiting again. I visited with my mum. We spent around 4 hours in total there but still didn't get round to see everything due to taking time to reflect.
Written 5 June 2021
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Paul A
Chippenham, UK180 contributions
Super memorial
May 2021 • Couples
Beautifully arranged memorial in lovely, peaceful grounds with plenty of space for private reflection. Grounds very well kept and welcoming everyone of any age. A fitting tribute to those who have given their lives in any service.
Written 4 June 2021
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Simon C
Derby, UK508 contributions
Very moving.
May 2021
Very, very moving place.
So much to see and so many paths that a map is a must.
Was very impressed by the number and helpfulness of staff.
Dog friendly with walks down to the river.
A superb and humbling day out.
Written 1 June 2021
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weemick
Suffolk121 contributions
Great Memorial in excellent situation
May 2021 • Couples
We took the buggy ride with Tony who was a veteran gunner and a wealth of knowledge. The weather was raining so we will be coming back soon but plenty to see inside. The Japanese prison camp exhibit with Mick was chilling. We had an excellent lunch in the restaurant.
Written 25 May 2021
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