National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

4.8
#1 of 66 in Parks in Staffordshire
Must see · Garden · Monument
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.
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  • My son really wanted to visit the NMA for his birthday and after going online realised you had to book due to Covid 19. Unfortunately there were no slots available for the weekend as it was only a...  more »
  • Although we’ve been before it seemed fitting to go today on 11 /11 as we had the opportunity. With Covid we had to pre book but it was well organised and no queuing or overcrowding. We had no idea...  more »
  • A very humbling experience we had today, lost for words on how beautiful the grounds are and beautiful memorials, great staff who have tremendous pride in helping visitors. This was our first visit...  more »
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  • What a brilliant place to visit. You'll need plenty of time to see it all. The memorials are magnificent and very touching. Good cafe and restaurant...gift shop stocks quality items at reasonable prices. Staff very knowledgeable and approachable. Recommended that you carry water with you especially on a hot day as there are no water points on the area once you leave the visitor centre. Good parking and disabled facilities. A great day out and well worth a visit.
  • Difficult to describe my feelings after visiting this wonderful memorial to our Armed Forces. Peaceful.... Sad......comforting. Fantastic Sculptures and Beautiful kept Gardens. A place you must visit. Allow plenty of time to fully appreciate the Memorials.
  • We spent a very sobering and enjoyable few hours here. It’s incredible to think that this place has only been here for a couple of years. A place to reflect and give thoughts for the brave fallen over the years. I can’t believe that we, as a country, haven’t had a place like this before. Quite a few uniformed guys and girls from various units here today. I don’t know if this is the norm, but great to see. I’d strongly recommend this place if you have a connection with the forces, if you don’t it’s still an amazing experience.
  • "Enjoy" does not seem an appropriate word to describe my visit, given the nature of this Arboretum. I can, however, say I hugely appreciated seeing all these Memorials to those who have lost their lives, whether in conflict or for other reasons. They are all appropriate. The grounds are beautiful and beautifully maintained. Flowers and trees abound. It is wonderfully peaceful. There are "buses" with commentary to transport visitors around. A large restaurant and shop are located in the indoor complex. I found my visit very moving and am grateful I had the privilege of visiting. I believe everyone should visit if they are able to.
  • A beautifully presented setting with the space to reflect on the loss of the people who are remember there. Numerous, fascinating sculptures and art work each telling a story. My visit was also a business meeting and the conference rooms are modern, spacious and have the relevant technology. Lunch was lovely too!

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