National Memorial Arboretum

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Outdoor

Cost:

Free

Description

The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

National Memorial Arboretum | Days out in Staffordshire

It is free to enter the Arboretum, though entry needs to be pre-booked. You can book tickets here and donations are welcomed. A daily parking charge applies for all cars. Charges apply to other activities and events.

The Memorials at National Memorial Arboretum 

The Arboretum is home to over 400 thought-provoking memorials, each with a story to be discovered. The memorials are diverse in nature, rich in symbolism and collectively represent a broad population of society from military associations, charitable organisations, emergency services, fraternity groups and individuals. Each year new memorials are added so there's always something new to see.

Stick Man Outdoor Trail

Pick up a free map from the Welcome Desk and enjoy the fun-filled activity trail featuring Stick Man! The self-guided trail is aimed at encouraging children aged 3-7 to get outdoors and explore the natural world and find out how things grow. Find out more about family trails and events here.

Exhibitions at National Memorial Arboretum 

The diverse programme of exhibitions change throughout the year. Find the latest information here.

Land Train

The Arboretum’s Land Train is the perfect way to enjoy our 150-acre site. Whatever the weather, the 50-minute journey will provide you with lovely views across the landscape and will introduce you to some of our 300 plus memorials. Highlights en route include the Shot at Dawn Memorial, The Polish Armed Forces Memorial, The RAF Remembrance Garden and views across the Naval Review.

Perfect for first time visitors, the Land Train features pre-recorded commentary providing an ideal introduction to the Arboretum and its many stories.

Woodland Landscape

Visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum can see and learn about a wide variety of trees. Although still a ‘young’ Arboretum, there are already about 30,000 trees in the grounds which are growing rapidly into a unique living tribute.

Eating And Drinking at National Memorial Arboretum 

Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch or rest mid afternoon with a refreshing 'cuppa' and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared onsite.

The Arboretum Gift Shop

The on-site gift shop, located in the Remembrance Centre, offers the perfect retail treat. From books, jewellery, clothing, candles and home accessories to tasty treats, poppy gifts and pocket money items, there's the perfect gift for everyone.

Dogs at National Memorial Arboretum 

Dog walkers are welcome to use the designated dog walking paths on site, and a special dog walking map is available free of charge. Dog waste litter bins are available along the designated dog walking paths and the team thank you in advance for using them. There are also tether posts around the site to allow visitors to explore memorials off route. 

Open hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00