We are currently experiencing flooding in parts of the Arboretum. If you wish to visit a specific areas of site please talk to a member of the team, who can advise the best route.
The National Memorial Arboretum will remain open to pre-booked visitors from the local area for outdoor exercise following the introduction of new national coronavirus restrictions from Tuesday 5th January. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance and anyone advised to self-isolate or shield should not visit the site at this time.
Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets remain available. A limited take-away service is available from our Coffee Shop kiosk.
We are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant and our talks and tours are unavailable. Our Gift Shop is closed.
Further information about the measures currently in place at the Arboretum can be found by following the link below.
It is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance and was created to remember and recognise those who have given their lives in the service of the country since the end of the Second World War.
Since 1948 the men and women of the Armed Services have taken part in more than 50 operations and conflicts around the world, often working as part of the United Nations, NATO or other coalitions.
From the jungles of Malaysia to the South Atlantic seas the Armed Forces Memorial remembers those who have lost their lives around the world. It is particularly important for many, who have no grave to visit, or who remember those who are buried in far off places.
Over 16,000 names are recorded on the memorial including those who have been killed whilst on duty, died in operational theatre or were targeted by terrorists . The names on the hundreds of panels that you will see are recorded in the same way, first by year, then by service – Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, then in date order. Colleagues who died in the same incident are remembered together. Over 15,000 names were carved by computer when the memorial was created. There is space on the empty panels for 15,000 more names. Since 2007, the names have been engraved by hand on the memorial on a yearly basis.
You can learn if a person is included on the Memorial using the Roll of Honour. Members of our onsite team are also always happy to help visitors find names which feature.
The memorial’s creator architect Liam O’Connor was inspired by prehistoric Britain and ancient Rome. The memorial sits on a six metre high earth mound, 100 metres wide at the base reducing to 50 metres at the top, which is based on early British barrows. At the top stands a 43 metre diameter stone structure. Two curved walls and two straight walls are made from bricks covered with Portland stone panels. At the centre of the Memorial are two bronze sculptures created by Ian Rank-Broadley.
A gap has been left in the two southern walls of the Memorial. On Armistice Day a shaft of sunlight falls through this gap onto the bronze wreath in the centre of the Memorial.
|Palestine 1945 – 1948|
|Malaya 1948 – 1960|
|Yangtze 1949 – 1949|
|Korea 1950 – 1954|
|Canal Zone 1951 – 1954|
|Kenya 1952 – 1956|
|Cyprus 1955 – 1959|
|Arabian Peninsula 1957 – 1960|
|Congo 1960 – 1964|
|Borneo 1962 – 1966|
|Cyprus 1964 – present|
|South Arabia 1964 – 1967|
|Malay Peninsula 1964 – 1966|
|Northern Ireland 1969 – 2007|
|Dhofar 1969 – 1976|
|Rhodesia 1979 1980|
|South Atlantic 1982|
|Gulf 1990 – 1991|
|Air Operations Iraq 1991 – 2003|
|Cambodia 1991 – 1993|
|Balkans 1992 – present|
|Sierra Leone 2000 - 2002|
|Afghanistan 2001 – 2014|
|Iraq 2003 - 2011|