Military Visits

Open for visitors!

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day.  We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.

Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial.  The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Pre-book your visit

The Arboretum welcomes all Armed Forces personnel, from those currently serving to Cadets who visit us as part of their training.

Using our inspiring landscape as inspiration for a series of activities and tours, there is plenty for your group to do while at the Arboretum.

Royal British Legion Poppy Memorial. Giant Poppy Wreath and Lots of Individual Poppy Tributes

Guided Tours

Our interactive guided tours are led by our team of specially trained guides. They encompass a number of emotive and symbolic memorials from civilian groups as well as military associations. We offer a variety of tours, which can be tailored upon request.

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Self Led Visits

Military groups are welcome to visit the site and deliver their own activities. Visits can include self-led tours of the Arboretum and exploration of our free exhibitions, including Landscapes of Life.

We kindly request that anyone wishing to do a self-led visit still informs us of their arrival beforehand, by booking your coach in using the online portal below.
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