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 12-metre-tall brass memorial, with its leaf shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost, is set within a beautifully landscaped area, and has been designed for ceremony, tribute and personal acts of reflection.
The memorial design embraces the Celtic spiritual concept of a thin place, where we step from one world to another. Contrasts in light and shade, the wild and the controlled, add to the experience of a serene yet powerful place.
Since 1749 and the establishment of the Bow Street Runners as the country’s first recognised police force, almost 5,000 police officers and staff have died whilst policing our communities, over 1,500 through acts of violence. The Memorial is the first of its kind to bring together physical and digital elements that tell the stories of lives lost to UK policing.
The UK Police Memorial project also includes the development of a digital memorial that names all police officers and staff who have died on duty since 1749.
The Digital UK Police Memorial remembers and memorialises the officers who have died whilst wearing the uniform of a watchman, beadle, parish constable or police officer.