National Memorial Arboretum stands as scenic commemoration to fallen British servicemen and women. You'll find nearly 300 different memorials and more than 50,000 trees here. Start your visit at the Armed Forces Memorial, which remembers the 16,000 military personnel who lost their lives in battle or acts of terror since World War II. On November 11th at 11 a.m., the memorial uses the sun's position to shine a shaft of light on the wreath it contains. Among the other memorials here are ones to Jewish servicemen and women, the Berlin Airlift, and the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers shot for leaving the lines during World War I. A remembrance ceremony takes place daily in the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness at 11 a.m. Before you visit Alrewas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
National Memorial Arboretum Reviews
This was our fourth visit and will not be the last. Vastly improved car parking and at £3 for the day you can not loose. Main building has been changed for the better and choice of refreshments at a v... more »
Visited the NMA recently, its not the first time that I have been and its thought provoking, inspirational and educational. The grounds are immaculately presented with easy access to all memorials. Th... more »
Stunning place, beautifully presented and very peaceful. We had the option to go during the week when it was quiet and it was such a touching tribute to all the men and women who had died in service. An interesting fact we discovered was that it's not just service men and women who died in combat, but also those who died in accidents whilst serving. We were particularly touched by the Shot at Dawn memorial and the accompanying talk. It was very informative and really brought home the cruelty of war and some of our own policies that were in place during WW1. The Far East Prisoners of War memorial and talk were also very much worth a visit and all in all we could recommend this more highly. We will certainly be visiting again in a few years time, as the trees mature further and additional monuments had been erected. We will probably choose to go on the autumn as the leaves will be turning, and it should give a different perspective and feel to the visit.
What a superb and fitting memorial. In addition to the large central feature, which contains the names of all the fallen since the end of WWII, there are lovely, well maintained gardens that house numerous individual tributes. Every arm of the military sevices, support services, civil defence, industry, transport, farming and life saving services are remembered here. There is lots of on site parking, good food and toilet facilities and 2 good shops. Excellent disabled access and on site wheelchairs are available; also, transport to take people around the site. I love the chapel just outside the reception area. A beautiful and moving day .........
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