The National Memorial Arboretum is now open for pre-booked visitors only. In order to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and team members, there is a limited capacity on site, booking will be required, queuing systems, and one way pathways through the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square. Additional measures are in place, including hygiene screens and extra cleaning. The Shop and Restaurant, serving a variety of takeaway snacks and drinks, are open. Daily activities, including guided walks, talks and the land train will not take place until further notice. Toilet facilities in the Remembrance Centre will be open.
Bookings must be made on line and only visitors pre-booking a vehicle will be granted access to site. Further information and details on how to book can be found here.
Can I bring my dog to the Arboretum?
In order to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and team members, we will have a limited capacity on site, booking will be required, queuing systems, and one way pathways through the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square. All dog owners will be required to book a ticket and entry to our grounds for all visitors will be via the Remembrance Centre. Find out more...
We do welcome dog walkers to visit the Arboretum on the designated dog walking route around the periphery of the site and along the hard standing pathways.
A special dog walking map is available to help guide you. This can be collected from the front of the Remembrance Centre.
We ask that dog walkers keep to the designated paths and, in particular, that dogs are not taken onto memorials, including the Armed Forces Memorial, which does not form part of the dog walking route.
There are dog waste bins positioned around the periphery of the site (highlighted on the dog walking map), and we appreciate your help in keeping the grounds clear of dog waste. Please also help us by keeping your dog on a short lead and under control during your visit.
Our Coffee Shop is dog-friendly and welcomes dogs along with their owners. Dog walkers are also welcome to consume refreshment items purchased in the Remembrance Centre in Heroes' Square, where you will also find dog water bowls.
How much does entry to the Arboretum Cost?
It is free to enter the Arboretum!
However, as a registered charity, we rely on the support of our visitors to ensure that we are able to raise our £4,000 daily running cost. We are here to keep stories alive and can only do this with your support. We suggest a donation of £5 per person.
A daily parking charge of £4 applies for all cars. Charges apply to other activities and events.
Do I have to pay to park at the Arboretum?
We will be limiting the number of people able to access our site each day. It will be essential that visitors book in a vehicle before they visit via our online booking platform. Our daily parking charge of £4 will apply to all cars and will be taken at the time of booking. Motorcycles / cycles will be not be charged but are still required to book a ticket online.
Further information about visiting us and booking tickets can be found here.
- Where can I download a map of the Arboretum?
How do I get to the Arboretum?
The National Memorial Arboretum is easy to get to from any part of the country. For those travelling by car the Arboretum is situated close to both the M1 and M6 motorways and is off the A38. Public transport links are also available if you are not traveling to the Arboretum by car. A Midland Classic bus service runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays between Burton on Trent and Lichfield and both Lichfield Trent Valley and Burton on Trent train stations are a taxi ride away.
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How long do I need to visit?
To walk around and see the whole site can take well over a day. If you are more pressed for time you can see the Arboretum’s key memorials in the space of a morning or an afternoon.
How can I get around the Arboretum?
Our daily activities including tours, talks and land train are presently unavailable. We are also currently unable to hire wheelchairs and scooters. We will look to reintroduce these activities when it is permissible and safe to do so.
What should I bring on my visit?
The Arboretum is an outdoor site, we recommend that you wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
Is there somewhere I can buy food?
From Saturday 1 August we will be opening our main restaurant to visitors between 12noon and 4pm for pre-booked dining. We have a smaller capacity than normal due to social distancing, so please ensure you speak to our food services team to book your table as your arrive at the Arboretum, if you would like to dine inside. We are unable to take bookings in advance of your visit.
Our current carry out offer, including breakfast snacks from 10am, will still be available with seating provided in Heroes’ Square. Our event building, Aspects, will also be offering hot drinks and treats from 11am each day. The BBQ service will finish on Friday 31 July.
Can I bring my own food to the Arboretum?
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food to the Arboretum; there are number of picnic areas in our grounds. We ask that visitors refrain from eating food not purchased in the Restaurant or Coffee Shop in the Remembrance Centre.
How big is the Arboretum?
The Arboretum is over 150 acres and is largely flat with paths and grassed areas. The information on our Accessibility page will help visitors with special accessibility requirements plan their visit, however we are always happy to answer any other further questions.
What kind of memorials are at the Arboretum?
Whilst a significant proportion of our memorials have military links, we are also proud to feature emergency service, charity and civilian organisation tributes within our grounds. You can find out more information about our grounds in the What's here section of our website.
Can you help me find a dedicated bench, tree or paviour?
Our team are always available to help you navigate around the Arboretum. As well as providing direction and information they are also able to search our extensive database to find dedicated items in our grounds. Presently we are unable to offer our interactive databases.
Can I dedicate a tree, bench or paviour to a loved one?
We are currently reviewing our landscape master plan and associated policies, with this in mind we are currently unable to accept new tree, bench or paviour applications. We will be able to advise if these or equivalent items will be available again in the future.
Can I donate items to be displayed at the Arboretum?
We are unable to accept donated items, such as art work, poetry or historical pieces, for display at the Arboretum. We do have two temporary exhibition spaces, if you wish to display a collection or exhibition please email our Exhibitions Officer for more details.
How do I arrange a group visit?
Our vising as a group page contains all of the information you will need to plan a great group visit to the Arboretum. Once you have chosen your preferred visit date, complete and return a group visits booking form. Your booking will be confirmed by a member of our team either by email or telephone. Should you have any further enquiries in advance of your visit please call 01283 245 143 or email email@example.com.
I have experienced a problem with my online Arboretum event booking, what should I do?
If you encounter any problems when making an online Arboretum activity or event booking please contact us on 01283 245 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, our phones are manned during our office hours from 9am - 5pm throughout the year; closed Christmas day.
- How can I support the Arboretum after my visit?
How can I leave a comment or suggestions after my visit?
We love to hear from our visitors. If you would like to leave a comment, suggestion or tell us about a previous visit please email email@example.com, call 01283 245 100 or write to us at National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. All feedback is appreciated.
Am I able to park my motorhome at the Arboretum overnight?
The Arboretum does not permit visitors to camp, or park motorhomes or caravans in either of our car parks overnight. A variety of accommodation is available in the surrounding area. Please visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com for further details.