Daily Activities

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

We have 150-acres of woodlands, memorials and gardens to explore. Here’s some suggestions of how you can get the most from your visit to the Arboretum:

Close up of poppy

Daily Act of Remembrance

Join one of our volunteers to hear the history of the Arboretum, participate in an act of Remembrance and to observe a moving two-minute silence. It is appreciated if visitors are seated by 10.50am in the Chapel for the consideration of others. Millennium Chapel – 11am - Free

Guided Walks

Join one of our expert volunteer guides on a walk to discover the stories behind some of our memorials.

Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building

Far East Prisoners Of War Talk

During the Second World War fighting in the Far East was brutal and conditions were unimaginable. Those taken as prisoners of war experienced harsh treatment and many never returned home. Join one of our volunteers outside the Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building to hear about the men and women who served in this region and how their contribution resulted in Victory over Japan in 1945. Far East Prisoners of War Building - Free

Armed Forces Memorial from Rear

Armed Forces Memorial Talk

The Armed Forces Memorial is a nationally-significant focus for Remembrance, providing recognition and thanks for those who have given their lives in the service of their country since the end of the Second World War. Learn more about this moving monument and the symbolism in its design. Armed Forces Memorial – Free

Shot at Dawn Memorial

Shot At Dawn Talk

This moving talk highlights the story of the 309 soldiers shot at Dawn during the First World War who were later posthumously pardoned. Shot at Dawn Memorial – Free

Land Train Tours

Complete with pre-recorded commentary, the Arboretum’s land train is the perfect way to discover the stories behind many of our fascinating memorials. Ideal for first time visitors, the land train tour takes 50 minutes and is accessible for manual wheel chair users.

£7 adults. £3.50 children (6 - 16 years). Under 5s are free.

£17.00 Family of Four (one or two adults). 

Half hourly, 11.30am - 3.30pm.

The Land Train is currently operating a limited schedule and is only bookable at the Welcome Desk upon arrival at the Arboretum. Capacity is limited, and an increased cleaning schedule between departures has been introduced. You will currently not be asked to sit with those outside of your party in carriages on the land train

Please note dogs are not permitted on the Land Train.

 

Groups

Groups of 10+ benefit from discounted tickets, please download our Groups Pack or email groups@thenma.org.uk for further details.

 

Land Train by the Tame - Credit National Memorial Arboretum

Buggy Tours

 

Special Forces Buggy Tour

 

Our 150-acre site is full of treasures waiting to be discovered, although some of these are a distance from our Remembrance Centre. Join one of our expert volunteer guides on a buggy tour to ensure you don’t miss out on visiting Watersmeet, the Christmas Truce Memorial, the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and many more.

You will currently not be asked to travel with visitors outside of your party on our buggy tours. 

40 minutes. £7 adult, £3.50 children (6-16 years), under 5s free.

 

Tailor-made Tours

 

Our Tailor-made Tours are ideal for groups of up to seven people and make a great gift. We'll provide an experienced volunteer guide as your personal host for the day as well as a mouth-watering two course lunch in our restaurant. From the comfort on an electric buggy, you will be able to explore the Arboretum at your leisure and hear some of the fascinating stories behind the memorials.

 

Day tour in electric buggy for up to five people - £175

 

Day tour in electric buggy for up to seven people - £225

 

Tailor-made tours must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Please call 01283 245 143 for further information or to purchase a Tailor-Made Tour.

 

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Guidebooks and Mini Guides

The grounds of the Arboretum are expansive and feature nearly 400 memorials. A detailed Mini Guide (£3) and Guidebook (£7.50) of the Arboretum are available to purchase.