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National Memorial Arboretum

Alrewas, Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The Arboretum features over 300 thought provoking memorials for military, public service and civilian organisations and associations, along with tributes for individuals. Rich in design and symbolism, and sympathetic to the lush gardens they inhabit, the memorials all have fascinating stories behind them. The 150-acre site is situated at the heart of the country on the edge of The National Forest, and is within close proximity to major road networks including the A38, A50, M1, M42 and M6.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9am to 5pm with the exception of Christmas day. With a daily Act of Remembrance, guided walks, buggy tours, a land train, a children's woodland and activity area, restaurant and shop and a varied programme of events and activities there's lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember. 

Set to open in autumn 2016, the Arboretum's new Remembrance Centre will feature a remodelled restaurant and Café, new retail facilities, a large welcome and orientation area, and an exhibition space dedicated to the interpretation of Remembrance and how it impacts us as individuals, as families and as a society.


  • Accepts Credit CardsAccepts Credit Cards

  • Baby Changing FacilitiesBaby Changing Facilities

  • Car ParkingCar Parking

  • Children WelcomeChildren Welcome

  • Children's Play AreaChildren's Play Area

  • Coach ParkingCoach Parking

  • Conference FacilitiesConference Facilities

  • Disabled ParkingDisabled Parking

  • Disabled ToiletsDisabled Toilets

  • Dogs Allowed on Leads OnlyDogs Allowed on Leads Only

  • Educational ActivitiesEducational Activities

  • Free WiFi ConnectionFree WiFi Connection

  • Gift ShopGift Shop

  • LicencedLicenced

  • Open All YearOpen All Year

  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area

  • Restaurant CafeRestaurant Cafe

  • Special Dietary Requirements Catered ForSpecial Dietary Requirements Catered For

  • ToiletsToilets

  • Walking TrailsWalking Trails

  • Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Access

  • Grassy PathsGrassy Paths

  • Mapped for OrienteeringMapped for Orienteering

  • No Paths/Rough PathsNo Paths/Rough Paths

  • Surfaced PathsSurfaced Paths

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  • Parking

    Ample car and coach parking (charges apply).

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  • Opening times

    National Memorial Arboretum
    9am-5pm (dusk in winter months)

    National Memorial Arboretum
    Christmas Day

  • Address

    Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

  • Further Info

Upcoming Events

Burma Veterans: Unforgettable
Burma Veterans: Unforgettable

Burma Veterans: Unforgettable

15 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 | £7.50

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire01283 245

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Burma Veterans: Unforgettable is a powerful and poignant photographic exhibition by photographer Wendy Aldiss, whose father, the novelist and artist, Brian Aldiss served in the 2nd Division during the Burma campaign of World War II. During 2015 – the year marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – she photographed over 200 allied Burma Veterans in the UK, alongside a small selection in Burma (now Myanmar). Supported by the Burma Star Memorial Fund, The Royal British Legion and The Soldiers' Charity, Wendy Aldiss’s ‘Burma veterans: Unforgettable’, a multimedia exhibition, commemorates the survivors of the Burma Campaign. The exhibition features portraits of British veterans alongside Korean Veterans who fought as allies against the Japanese occupation of Burma. Aged between 89 and 105 years old when photographed, their portraits, along with examples and images of wartime memorabilia, pay tribute and give a voice to these Veterans. Following the bombing of Pear Harbour in December 1941 the Japanese advanced into Burma. The next three years saw ferocious fighting between the Allies and their formidable enemy, in the most inhospitable terrain and dense jungle with extremes of weather exacerbated by malaria and other tropical diseases. Known too many as the ‘forgotten army’, more than one million served under arms in the largest Commonwealth army ever assembled. The powerful images in the exhibition, taken without artifice or glamour capture the veterans in their natural environment, often at home. Wendy’s work has previously featured in Square, Black and White Photography, Marie Claire and The Telegraph.


Paws for Remembrance
Paws for Remembrance

Paws for Remembrance

11 February 2018, 09.00 to 16.00 | £5 Donation

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire01283 245

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Spend the day with your four legged friend. Explore the grounds together, whilst supporting the Arboretum. For one day only, wander from the dog path to our new Paws for Remembrance route where our expert guides will be en route to tell you about some of the many memorials you can see. During your visit, take time to visit our 'Happy Hounds High Street' which will feature stalls for both you and your four-legged friend. Please note this walk will be taking place outdoors on our Arboretum grounds, we recommend that all participants wear appropriate footwear and clothing.


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