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.
It is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance and was created to remember and recognise those who have given their lives in the service of the country since the end of the Second World War.
Since 1948 the men and women of the Armed Services have taken part in more than 50 operations and conflicts around the world, often working as part of the United Nations, NATO or other coalitions.
From the jungles of Malaysia to the South Atlantic seas the Armed Forces Memorial remembers those who have lost their lives around the world. It is particularly important for many, who have no grave to visit, or who remember those who are buried in far off places.
Over 16,000 names are recorded on the memorial including those who have been killed whilst on duty, died in operational theatre or were targeted by terrorists . The names on the hundreds of panels that you will see are recorded in the same way, first by year, then by service – Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, then in date order. Colleagues who died in the same incident are remembered together. Over 15,000 names were carved by computer when the memorial was created. There is space on the empty panels for 15,000 more names. Since 2007, the names have been engraved by hand on the memorial on a yearly basis.
You can learn if a person is included on the Memorial using the Roll of Honour. Members of our onsite team are also always happy to help visitors find names which feature.
The memorial’s creator architect Liam O’Connor was inspired by prehistoric Britain and ancient Rome. The memorial sits on a six metre high earth mound, 100 metres wide at the base reducing to 50 metres at the top, which is based on early British barrows. At the top stands a 43 metre diameter stone structure. Two curved walls and two straight walls are made from bricks covered with Portland stone panels. At the centre of the Memorial are two bronze sculptures created by Ian Rank-Broadley.
A gap has been left in the two southern walls of the Memorial. On Armistice Day a shaft of sunlight falls through this gap onto the bronze wreath in the centre of the Memorial.
|Palestine 1945 – 1948|
|Malaya 1948 – 1960|
|Yangtze 1949 – 1949|
|Korea 1950 – 1954|
|Canal Zone 1951 – 1954|
|Kenya 1952 – 1956|
|Cyprus 1955 – 1959|
|Arabian Peninsula 1957 – 1960|
|Congo 1960 – 1964|
|Borneo 1962 – 1966|
|Cyprus 1964 – present|
|South Arabia 1964 – 1967|
|Malay Peninsula 1964 – 1966|
|Northern Ireland 1969 – 2007|
|Dhofar 1969 – 1976|
|Rhodesia 1979 1980|
|South Atlantic 1982|
|Gulf 1990 – 1991|
|Air Operations Iraq 1991 – 2003|
|Cambodia 1991 – 1993|
|Balkans 1992 – present|
|Sierra Leone 2000 - 2002|
|Afghanistan 2001 – 2014|
|Iraq 2003 - 2011|