The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. The expansive 150-acre site is centrally located in the National Forest in Staffordshire. Featuring over 330 thought-provoking memorials, nestled amongst lush and maturing woodland. Military and Civilian associations are represented alongside tributes for individuals. Rich in design and symbolism, the memorials and their fascinating stories are waiting to be discovered.
The Arboretum 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 present day.
Alongside a new Remembrance Centre featuring exhibition spaces, coffee shop, large restaurant and gift shop; daily activities at the Arboretum include an Act of Remembrance, guided walks, buggy tours, a land train and a children’s sensory play garden. A yearly programme of events for the whole family ensures there is lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember.
The Arboretum is open daily from 9am – 5pm with the exception of Christmas Day.
Getting here and parking
On Main Roadway
From the A38 at Alrewas, there are brown signs to the National Memorial Arboretum. Follow the A513 towards Tamworth for about half a mile then take the first exit at the roundabout and follow the road to the Arboretum car park.
We are a car journey away from Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley railway stations (5-6 miles)
- Customer parking with charge
- Free coach parking
- Designated disabled parking spaces, with charge
- Disabled parking bays are within 50 metres from main entrance
- Drop off point next to the main entrance
The Arboretum is open every day except Christmas Day between 9am and 5pm. During the winter months the Arboretum grounds close at dusk. The visitor centre remains open until 5pm. During the summer months last admission to the Arboretum is 4.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
The car park is tarmac
Entering the Building / Attraction
- The entrance is flat
- There is an automatic door
- The doors must be opened manually
Access, lifts and ramps
- There is level access to the main public areas
Services for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues
- Wheelchairs available to borrow
- Wheelchairs available to hire
- Seating is provided at regular intervals for visitors with limited mobility
Children and Babies
- Children and babies welcome
- Baby changing facilities available
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
- There is clear signage throughout the attraction (i.e. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc)
- Clear surfaces, such as glass doors, have contrast markings on them
- There is an audible alarm system