The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day. We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.
Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial. The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail (our Stick Man sculpture will still be accessible), Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
We are the UK’s year-round place to remember, and we exist to provide a space where everyone can celebrate lives lived and commemorate lives lost.
Our grounds are expansive, covering around 150-acres, and are made up of woodlands and gardens. Placed within the grounds are nearly 400 memorials, each with an amazing story to tell. The designs of many of the memorials feature symbolism that can be used to help understand the stories of those remembered.
Although lots of the memorials at the Arboretum are connected to military organisations there are also memorials in our grounds for the emergency services and for other charitable organisations who provide invaluable service to our country. Our site also features nearly 25,000 trees, many of which remember individuals or organisations, with the species of a tree often selected for symbolic purposes. You can find a full list of our memorials here.
We are happy to help journalists, broadcasters and filmmakers bring the personal stories behind our memorials to life and welcome people to use our site as a recording location by prearrangement.
In the past, our grounds and memorials have been used as the location for large broadcasts, documentaries and films. Where possible, to help with our resourcing and scheduling, we ask for at least one weeks’ notice of your filming request. For more complex and large-scale operations further notice will be required.
If it is likely that on-site filming may disrupt our daily operation, or cause inconvenience to our visitors, we may refuse a request for filming.
No filming should take place at the Arboretum for commercial gain unless permission has been provided. If the proposed use is in respect of anything other than a factual report or broadcast, a location fee may be charged at our discretion. As a charity, all the money generated will be used to grow and develop our site.
Drone photography/filming completed by members of the public is not permitted at the Arboretum. Drone photography/filming may be completed by broadcasters, by licensed and insured operators, during select hours. A copy of the drone operator’s licence, insurance policy and a method statement detailing flight plans must be supplied in advance for approval.
The Arboretum’s image library shows the growth of the grounds over the past twenty years and features many thousands of images. Images for editorial use can be requested free of charge using the details below.
We do not permit commercial photography to take place onsite without permission. Requests for images to be used in commercial products e.g. books can be made, however, a charge for their use will be requested.
We encourage visitors to take photographs and recordings of their visit to the Arboretum for their private use. No visitors, however, should record images for commercial gain, unless permission has been previously given.
T: 020 3397 3383
For comment interviews and other enquiries
M: 07775 715775
For press / editorial image requests
For all commercial image requests