National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum covering over 150 acres is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifiting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial. Since planting began in 1997, the Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways.
Over 50,000 trees have been planted here surrounding the more than 300 dedicated memorials on the site. The striking Armed Forces Memorial honours those members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) who were killed on duty while performing functions attributable to the special circumstances and requirements of the Armed Forces, or as a result of terrorist action, and those who died while deployed on designated operations. The memorial is a stunning piece of architecture comprising a 43 metre diameter stone structure with two curved walls and two straight walls containing the names of those honoured here.
To help you make the most of your visit guided walks and tours, learning activities, exhibitions, and a restaurant and gift shop are available. An Act of Remembrance, including a silence, is observed daily in the Millennium Chapel at 11am. There are a wide range of family learning and discovery activities available, a children’s play and picnic area, as well as exciting school holiday activities to enjoy.
Contact Details and Map
Tel: 01283 792333
Getting here and parking
Local Directions - from A38 at Alrewas follow the Brown Signs to The National Memorial Arboretum following A513 towards Tamworth after about half a mile turn left at the roundabout following the road round to the Arboretum entrance. For sat nav, AA Route Finder or RAC Route Finder users the postcode is DE13 7AR. M1 (southbound) - exit at Junction 28 and take the A38 south bypassing Derby and Burton to the A513 Tamworth then local directions. M1 (northbound) - exit onto M6 north then after Corley Services follow signs for M6 (Toll) & M42 then leave at next junction (Junction 9 M42) signposted A446, then follow A446 Lichfield to A38 Lichfield, then A38 Derby to A513 Tamworth then local directions. M6 (southbound) - exit Junction 15 follow A50 Derby then A38 Lichfield to A513 Tamworth then local directions. M6 (northbound) South of Birmingham - follow signs for M6 (Toll) & M42 then leave at next junction (Junction 9 M42) signposted A446, then follow A446 Lichfield to A38 Lichfield, then A38 Derby to A513 Tamworth then local directions. M6 (northbound) & M6 North of Birmingham - leave M6 at Junction 11, follow A5 then A38 Derby until A513 Tamworth then local directions. M54 (eastbound) - leave at Junction 1 and take A460 Cannock passing over M6 continue towards then follow A5 (Tamworth), then A38 Derby until A513 Tamworth then local directions.
Local Bus Services
Midland Classic operate a daily service between Burton upon Trent and Lichfield via Alrewas village (a 30 minute walk to the Arboretum). There are different timetables for weekends/Bank Holidays. Arriva Travel run a Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday only direct service between Burton upon Trent, the Arboretum and Lichfield. For more information contact Traveline for advice and up to date departure times - 0871 200 22 33 (charges for calls apply).
Nearest Train Station
Lichfield Trent Valley is the closest railway station (5-6 miles). Alternatively, Burton and Tamworth railway stations are both approximately 8 miles away.
Open all year round Christmas Day
Free EntryIt is free to enter the National Memorial Arboretum, although all donations are greatly appreciated. For drivers a small daily parking change of up to £3 applies, Charges may apply to other activities.
- Baby changing facilities available
- Cheques accepted
- Cafe on site
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Gift shop(s) on site
- Public toilets available
- Weddings and Conference Facilities Available
Schools and education
- School packages available
- School tours available
Guides, tours and information
- Visitor information is available
- Guided tours available for individuals
- Guided tours available for groups
- Guided tours available for children
Entering the building/attraction
- The entrance is flat
- There is an automatic door
Access, lifts and ramps
- There is level access to the main public areas
Main pathways into and around the venue
- Routes and/or pathways are suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility
- The main pathways/routes are tarmac
Children and babies
- Children welcome
- Baby changing facilities available
Services for the hearing impaired
- Hearing loop is available in key places
Services for the visually impaired
- Guide dogs allowed
- Clear surfaces, such as glass doors, have contrast markings on them
- There is good contrast between the floor and walls
- Tours available for the visually impaired - on request
- The lighting is effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors
- Further services available for the visually impaired - on request