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

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: National Memorial Arboretum - FREE Victoria Cross Trail

  • 10 — 12 September 2015

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance and home to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial which was dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen in 2007. A growing living landscape and tribute to those who have served or made a sacrifice for the country, the 150-acre Arboretum comprises around 40,000 trees and over 300 memorials, each with its own fascinating symbolism and story. A land train with audio commentary is available along with buggy tours and guided walks (charges apply). A daily act of Remembrance is held at 11am. Children's trails and explorer back packs are available - check website ahead of visit for details).

For Heritage Open Days 2015, the Arboretum is offering a FREE Victoria Cross Trail to visitors. The Trail, ordinarily charged at £2.50, will navigate visitors around the site to help them discover memorials linked to the most prestigious of military awards. Discover some amazing stories and symbolism en route and pay tribute to some of our decorated heroes.

Entry to the Arboretum is FREE of charge but a small car parking charge does apply. Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Motorbikes lined up in front of Armed Forces Memorial

Ride to the Wall 2015 at National Memorial Arboretum

  • 3 October 2015 9am-5pm

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Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission, donations appreciated


National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
DE13 7AR




01283 792333

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