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.
The memorials remember:
You can view a list of the current memorials via the link below. During a visit our team will be happy to help you find specific memorials or recommend areas that you might like to visit as you are exploring.
Maps and guidebooks which provide more information about the memorials in our grounds can be purchased from our Welcome Desk.
Coloured glass has been used in this memorial to represent the oceans of the world. Two further panels of yellow, representing the rising sun and red for the setting sun and the blood spilled at sea and on land are also included in the design. On sunny days the glass panels cast the shadow of a warship on the paved area. The poem around the edge of the memorial is the Tennyson poem ‘crossing the bar’, a phrase used when shipmates die.
This bronze memorial features two women dressed in the uniforms of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. The land girl holds a sprig of corn in one hand and a pitchfork in the other. The Lumber Jill holds an axe, a sprig of oak and a pine cone, symbolising the woods with which they worked. During the Second World War over 240,000 Land Girls and Lumber Jills worked to provide food and timber for the war effort.
The Burma Railway Memorial was created to remember those who were forced to construct the infamous ‘Railway of Death’ during the Second World War. The memorial is constructed from 30 metres of the original track. During the construction of the 258-mile railway over 16,000 Prisoners of War and 100,000 labourers died – one life for every sleeper laid.
The emblem of the Airborne Forces is Bellerophon mounted on the winged horse Pegasus which features in the design of this memorial. You’ll also see a figure of a paratrooper pulling in his bergen. The memorial sculptors are Charlie Langton for Pegasus and Mark Jackson, a former Major of the Parachute Regiment, for the human figures.
The Beat is a living, growing memorial with a tree planted for every police force in the United Kingdom. The trees used are a mix of Horse chestnut, chosen because the first policemen carried truncheons made from this wood, and London Plane.