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Visitor Notice for Illuminated Arboretum

With the greatest regret, we have made the decision to cancel Illuminated Arboretum on Thursday 7, Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, due to localised flooding we are currently experiencing onsite. Guests with tickets to attend the event have been contacted via email with further information relating to their booking. We ask that all ticket holders review this communication before making contact via telephone.


Illuminated Arboretum will commence as planned from Monday 11 December onwards. If we have to make any further changes to the event schedule, we will confirm this on our website and social media as soon as possible, and by no later than 2pm on each event day.


The Arboretum is open to visitors during the day, but presently some areas of the site are affected by flood water. Our Welcome Team will be able to advise upon arrival.

Opening Times: 10am - 4pm (daily)


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We recommend booking your visit in advance to guarantee entry and save on parking. 

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From Services of Remembrance, to special events and school holiday activities, there is always something to suit all ages and interests happening at the Arboretum.

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Introducing: Our Brand-New Guidebook!


Featuring four highlighted routes around the Arboretum, our brand-new guidebook is the ideal companion for your next visit. Telling the tale of our history and looking ahead to our future, it also contains the stories behind a selection of the 400+ memorials you will see along the way. 


Pick up your copy for only £10 at the Welcome Desk during your next visit.

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The Arboretum is the perfect venue for developing an understanding of Remembrance, as well as a whole host of other subjects including science, literacy and geography. We support various curriculum-based objectives through a fully inclusive learning programme, actively engaging visitors of all ages.

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It costs £1,648 to maintain and run our beautiful site during an average visit to the Arboretum*. That’s around £8 per minute.


The National Memorial Arboretum is a UK registered charity (1043992) that relies on the generous support of our visitors, partners, friends and donors. 


We appreciate every donation large and small. You can donate during your next visit at any of the donation points located in the Remembrance Centre, at the Welcome Desk, online here, or by leaving a legacy gift.


*Based on average length of visit and 2022 annual Arboretum costs

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