Daily activities

We offer a range of daily activities to help you explore and discover the Arboretum. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your visit

EXHIBITIONS

Landscapes of Life 

With fully immersive audio visual displays, hands-on interactives, artistic interpretation and the opportunity for visitors to share their experiences, it's the perfect start (or finish) to a visit here. Entry price includes an audio guide for use in the Arboretum grounds. 

 

   
Adult £7.50
Child (6-16 years), Concession (Over 60), Student, Armed Forces, NMA Friend £6
Family of 4 £20
NMA Friends Concession £5.75
NMA Friends Family of 4 £18
Groups 10+                                                   (Pre-booked using booking form only) £5.75

 

Groups of 10 or more will be required to pre-book using our group booking form.

 

Temporary Exhibitions Programme

In addition to our main gallery Landscapes of Life, we offer a varied temporary exhibition programme throughout the year. 

 

 

WALKS, TOURS AND TRAILS 


Guided Walks
The stories behind our memorials and the symbolism within them are fascinating. Our volunteer-led walks provide you with the chance to hear some of the best anecdotes and tales of heroism and comradeship from 1914 to the present day. 45 minutes. £3.00 per person, Under 5's free. 11.30am and 2.30pm. 

Undiscovered Arboretum Buggy Tours

Our 150-acre site is full of treasures to be discovered, although some of these are a distance from our Remembrance Centre. Join one of our expert guides on a buggy tour to ensure you don’t miss out on visiting Watersmeet, the Christmas Truce Memorial and the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove, plus many more. 40 minutes. £5 per person, £2 per child (6-16 years), under 5's free.

Thursday Exhibition Tours - Women, War and the Vote
Join one of our experienced guides for a tour of our 'Landscapes of Life' Exhibition, as well as temporary exhibition 'Fashion and Freedom'. The tour will look at role of women in WWI and WWII, as well as life after WWI leading to women gaining the right to vote. 25 minutes. Free to Landscapes of Life ticket holders. 11.30am. Thursdays ONLY.

Football Legends Guided Walk
From famous faces to the forgotten heroes of the First World War, this walk will take you around memorials with links to the world of football. 45 minutes. £3.00 per person. 10.30am. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays ONLY (from Tuesday 18 September 2018).

 

Land Train
Complete with pre-recorded commentary, the Arboretum’s land train is an excellent way to take in a large proportion of the site’s fascinating memorials. Each train has wheelchair access and can comfortably sit 54 people. We recommend pre-booking for groups of 10 or more people wishing to travel together as the train is very popular. Highlights en route include the Shot at Dawn Memorial, The Polish Armed Forces Memorial, The RAF Remembrance Garden and views across the Naval Review. 50 minutes.

£6 per person. £3 per child (6 - 16 years). Under 5's free.

£15 Family of Four (one or two adults). 

£5 per person for pre-booked groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more will need to pre-book using our group booking form.

Land trains run every 30 minutes from 9.30am - 3.30pm. A reduced timetable operates throughout the winter months.

Top Tip... If you’ve not visited before, this is an excellent way to explore first time.

 

Tailor-made Tours
Our Tailor-made Tours are ideal for groups of up to five people and make a great gift. We'll provide an experienced guide as your personal host and during the course of the day you'll learn lots about the many memorials onsite and the fascinating stories behind them all from the comfort of an electric buggy. Tailor-made tours are for one to seven individuals and cost £125 for up to five or £175 for up to seven, including a two-course lunch each. Tailor-made tours must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Please call 01283 245 100 for further information to purchase a Tailor-Made Tour.

 

TALKS

Daily Act of Remembrance
Join one our knowledgeable guides to hear the history of the Arboretum and observe a two-minute silence in our Millennium Chapel. The silence is conducted at 11am everyday. It is appreciated if visitors are seated by 10.50am for the consideration of others.

Afternoon Welcome Talk
For those arriving after lunch, a 2pm ‘Welcome to the Arboretum’ talk is held daily in the Millennium Chapel. The talk is a repeat of that given at 11am, without the Act of Remembrance.

Far East Prisoners of War Talk
The Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building is a museum in its own right and well worth a visit. Join one of our guides at 12noon outside the building for a short talk about  the servicemen and women who fought in the far east during WWII.  

Shot at Dawn Talk
Held at 1.30pm each day, this moving talk highlights the story of the 309 soldiers shot at Dawn during World War I.  

All talks are FREE, donations are appreciated.

gUIDEBooks AND orientation guide

The grounds of the Arboretum are expansive featuring more than 350 memorials. A detailed Orientation Guide and Guidebook of the Arboretum are available to purchase from the Arboretum for £3 and £7.50 respectively. Copies of both the Orientation Guide and Guidebook can be purchased in advance of a visit to the Arboretum (additional postage charges will also apply), please call 01283 245 100.

A simple site map can also be downloaded here. Our friendly team of volunteers are always happy to help visitors locate memorials and individual dedications in our grounds. You can also use the computer terminals in the Remembrance Centre to search for individual dedications and their locations.

A detailed list of memorials in our grounds can be found on our Memorial Listing page.  

"Our short visit this afternoon was made extremely interesting by the helpful and informative guides. Thank you. It is clear they enjoy being there." Sandra