There are many ways to explore the grounds and help you plan your visit.
Use the kiosks, located in the Remembrance Centre, to find the locations of memorials, trees and benches, and print off a map to help you locate them in our grounds.
A simple illustrative map of the Arboretum is available to download below.
A larger, more detailed visitor map is available to collect from our Welcome Desk for a suggested donation of £2. These maps contain further information on things you can see on your journey around the Arboretum, and how you can make the most from your time with us.
The Guidebook, new for October 2023, features four highlighted routes around the Arboretum and contains the stories behind some of the 400+ memorials you will see along the way.
The Purple Route follows Millennium Avenue, exploring memorials relating to the RAF along the right-hand side. The route then takes the river path and the outskirts of the Arboretum. Memorials include the Rail Industry, Bastion, Household Division, Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces, Shot at Dawn, Ambulance Services and the Polish Forces War.
The Blue Route explores the gardens and woodland surrounding Aspects, the Arboretum’s award-winning events and conferencing facility that boasts panoramic views of this area. The route includes memorials relating to the British Army, Police, the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, that stands at the centre of the Arboretum, and ends at the Arboretum’s very first memorial, the Polar Bear.
Please note that this is the only route in this guidebook that includes travelling on grass (The Beat). Should access be difficult for any reason, then visitors on this route have the option to head back down the pathway that runs alongside it instead.
The Pink Route explores the gardens closest to the Remembrance Centre, including memorials to the Royal Air Force (RAF), coal miners, Fire and Rescue Services and those connected to the Far East, including the Burma Railway and Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building. This route then takes the pathway around the Merchant Navy Wood, and back along Millennium Avenue taking in memorials relating to the Royal Navy.
You can view a list of the current memorials at the Arboretum and discover more information about some of our most recognisable memorials can be found on our Memorials pages.