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Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Opening Times: 10am - 5pm (daily)

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

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Shot at Dawn Memorial

Shot at Dawn Restoration

Help restore one of our most poignant and moving memorials. By donating to our Shot at Dawn Restoration. For £50 you can fund the replacement of one of the 309 posts, representing each soldier shot, later pardoned, and now remembered at the Arboretum on the memorial.
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What's On

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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Our Pledge on Sustainability

Whilst nurturing an inspirational, world-class setting, we will ensure that the Arboretum has a postive impact on our environment by adopting and advocating for ethical and sustainable practises.
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Visiting for Learning or Training?

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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