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 


Arboretum 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. 

Far East 1944: The Forgotten 14th Guided Walk
Seventy-five years ago, in 1944, the allies were changing the course of the Second World War in Europe with Operation Overlord. Whilst this watershed event was taking place, many more were fighting through the jungles of Burma in the Far East, making advances that would push back the Japanese Army to eventually secure victory over Japan the following year. This is the story of the men and women from across the Commonwealth (then British Empire) who became known as the Forgotten Army and who, as a result of their victory at Kohima and Imphal, changed the course of the War in the Far East. This walk takes approximately one hour. We recommend comfortable footwear. Some terrain may be uneven. 60 minutes. £3. 00 per person, Under 5's free. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1.30pm. 5 June – 11 November.

Operation Overlord – The Heroes of D-Day Guided Walk
Seventy-five years since Operation Overlord and D-Day, join us on this extensive walk to discover some of the memorials with links to a watershed moment in the Second World War. Hear about the Normandy Landings, the Glider Pilots, the Special Operations Executive and many more fascinating stories. This walk takes approximately one hour and covers a large proportion of the Arboretum. We recommend comfortable footwear. Some terrain may be uneven. 60 minutes. £3.00 per person. Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays, 1.30pm. 6 June – 11 November. 

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. £6.00 per person, £3.00 per child (6-16 years), under 5's free.

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.

£6.00 per person. £3.00 per child (6 - 16 years). Under 5's free.

£15.00 Family of Four (one or two adults). 

£5.00 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.

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 £130 for up to five or £180 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.

Armed Forces Memorial Talk
The Armed Forces Memorial is 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 structure and the symbolism in its design at this talk on the memorial at 12.30pm each day.

Far East Prisoners of War Talk
The Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building contains artefacts and immersive interpretation which tell the stories of those interned as prisoners of war during the Second World War. 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