Visiting Us

The National Memorial Arboretum is situated in the centre of England on Croxall Road, Alrewas in Staffordshire. It is easy to reach from any part of the country and is close to all the Midlands motorways.

Opening Times

The National Memorial Arboretum is open every day from 9am to 5pm.  In the winter months the grounds close at dusk but our Visitor Centre remains open until 5pm. We are closed only on Christmas Day. During summer months the last admission is at 4.30pm (unless otherwise stated).

Entry is free at the National Memorial Arboretum, though donations are appreciated.

The following  opening hours will apply during Christmas and New Year; normal opening hours will apply on all other days.

Christmas Eve - 9.00 am – 3.00pm
Boxing Day - 9am – 5pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Years Eve – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
New Years Day – 10.00 am – 4.00pm

"A wonderful place to reflect
on times past and to remember
my service pals; lost for ever,
but never forgotten."


Graham Chambers 

Plan your day

Use our daily programme of activites* to plan a memorable visit to the National Memorial Arboretum.

9.30am – Arrive
Meet one of our helpful volunteer guides and decide on your first activity.

10.50am – Act of Remembrance
Visit the Millennium Chapel for the two minute silence followed by an introduction, to the National Memorial Arboretum. The introduction, without a silence, is repeated at 2pm.

11.30am – Guided Walks
Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of our grounds, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Please ask at reception upon arrival for more information and to book.

12 noon – Far East Prisoners of War Introductory Talk
Visit the Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building to hear a short introduction about this unprecedented chapter in British History. Afterwards explore the Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building to learn more about life as a Far East Prisoner of War.

1.30pm - Shot at Dawn Introductory Talk
Learn more about the Shot at Dawn memorial during this short introductory talk.

9am - 4.30pm – The Arbour Restaurant
Our restaurant is open from 9am – 4.30pm daily, serving a variety of delicious hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.

9am – 5pm – The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is open from 9am – 5pm, selling a variety of books, gifts and cards.

From 10.30am – Buggy Tours
Enjoy discovering our grounds in a buggy with a guide; tours run every 45 minutes. Please ask at reception upon arrival for more information and to book.

From 10am – Land Train Tours
Take a narrated tour of the grounds to learn some fascinating facts about our memorials; a great activity for all the family.

Visit our Events Calendar for a full list of our events and activities.

*Please note charges apply to some activities. Proceeds from activities will be used to develop the National Memorial Arboretum. Please email info@thenma.org.uk or call 01283 245 100 for further information.  

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Parking

Parking is available for cars, coaches, motorcycles and bicycles.

Visitors arriving independently by car should be aware that a maximum parking charge of £3.00 per day applies (pay and display). There is no charge for coaches or motorcycles.

Please note: all monies from parking fees are given directly to the charity and help to ensure the National Memorial Arboretum remains a free entry site.

Coach Operators should always book their arrival times with the Arboretum on 01283 792 333 to avoid disappointment.

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Guidebook and Map

The National Memorial Arboretum Guidebook is available from the Visitor Centre for £6.50. As well as helping to explain the many memorials across the site and the symbolism of the landscape, it makes a wonderful memento of your visit. You can order your copy or reserve it for collection on your day of visit by calling our shop on 01283 792 333 or by emailing shop@thenma.org.uk.

A detailed map of the site is also available from the Visitor Centre for just £3.00, to help you find your way around the 150 acres and over 200 memorials.

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Dedication searches

As well as purchasing a map or guidebook to navigate your way around the grounds, you may need help to find a particular dedication. Our team are always happy to help visitors find memorials, paviours, benches and trees located around our grounds.

Please ask at Reception, where a member of our team will be happy to perform a dedication search on your behalf. Please note in order to help the search we will require as much information as possible, including the correct spelling of any names. To help you navigate to the dedication we can provide you with a small map, as a guide. There is no charge for this service however a small donation is appreciated to help cover the administration costs.

 

Access

There is level access to the Visitor Centre, where toilet facilities are available. Firm, level paths give good access to much of the site.

Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to hire from the Visitor Centre. To ensure availability, they should be booked in advance. We respectfully ask that a suitable donation is made for use of a manual wheelchair and a charge of £5 applies for the hire of a motorised scooter.

Please note that motorised scooters are not permitted in the Visitor Centre, manual wheelchairs are provided for indoor use.

For a full access statement please click here.

If you require any additional special assistance during your visit please contact a member of our team.

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Visiting with dogs

Due to the nature of our site and for the comfort of all our visitors, only working assistance dogs are allowed within the memorial grounds and visitor centre. Dog walkers are welcome to use the designated dog walking paths on the periphery of the site and a special dog walking map is available. This can be collected from our visitor centre reception or downloaded here. Dog waste litter bins are available along the designated dog walking paths and we thank you in advance for using them. During opening hours, drinking water is available for your dog outside the entrance to the visitor centre.

If you would like more information prior to your visit please visit our FAQ page, for a list of frequently asked questions. If we have not answered your question please contact us.