The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm (closes at 4pm from 15 Nov), every day except Christmas Day.
Entry to the Arboretum is free, but for everyone's comfort we are limiting the numbers onsite. We recommend pre-booking your visit to guarantee entry. You can check our latest availability and book online using the link below.
Visitors are advised that the Coffee Shop is currently closed. Our Restaurant is open from 10am - 5pm.
The 12-metre-tall brass memorial, with its leaf shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost, is set within a beautifully landscaped area, and has been designed for ceremony, tribute and personal acts of reflection.
The memorial design embraces the Celtic spiritual concept of a thin place, where we step from one world to another. Contrasts in light and shade, the wild and the controlled, add to the experience of a serene yet powerful place.
Since 1749 and the establishment of the Bow Street Runners as the country’s first recognised police force, almost 5,000 police officers and staff have died whilst policing our communities, over 1,500 through acts of violence. The Memorial is the first of its kind to bring together physical and digital elements that tell the stories of lives lost to UK policing.
The UK Police Memorial project also includes the development of a digital memorial that names all police officers and staff who have died on duty since 1749.
The Digital UK Police Memorial remembers and memorialises the officers who have died whilst wearing the uniform of a watchman, beadle, parish constable or police officer.