National Memorial Arboretum

Wooden carvings from The National Memorial Arboretum
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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict.

The Arboretum is situated on land gifted by Lafarge Tarmac and is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

The National Memorial Arboretum is open every day from 9am to 5pm. In the winter months the grounds close at dusk but our Visitor Centre remains open until 5pm. We are closed only on Christmas Day. During summer months the last admission is at 4.30pm (unless otherwise stated).

Admission charges

Entry is free at the National Memorial Arboretum, though donations are appreciated.

Additional info

Car park, gift shop, licenced restaurant, disabled access

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Big Draw 2015 at the National Memorial Arboretum

  • 26 — 30 October 2015

This year, the theme is “Every Drawing Tells a Story”. We would like visitors to create a drawing that tells a story that is important to them. The drawing could depict any personal story such as a significant event, a person, a place or memory. It can be created using pencils, felt tip pens, pastels, crayons or any other 2D medium and must be no bigger than A5 size. The National Memorial Arboretum will have materials available for visitors to create their drawings on site throughout the Big Draw and will also be running a series of supervised workshops from the 26th to the 30th October, during Autumn Half Term.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
DE13 7AR




01283 792333

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