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National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield

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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. To visit National Memorial Arboretum on your holiday in Lichfield, and find out what else Lichfield has to offer, use our Lichfield trip itinerary builder.
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  • Was passing nearby and decided to visit having seen it on tv. What a tribute to the memory of both fallen soldiers etc but also those not involved in the military.The site is massive which will in tim...  more »
  • You cannot fail to feel the emotions engendered by this place. As soon as we walked in, and although it was very busy, it was strangely peaceful. We only had a short time here today so we are planning...  more »
  • This was our third visit - the number of memorials grows rapidly. They are wonderfully laid out, and everything is well cared for. The volunteer staff are brilliant and can't help enough. The restaura...  more »
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  • A vast 150 acres with memorials. I didn't think I would like it, but spent over 4 hours here and planning to return soon. This is a wonderful place to visit and I would highly recommend taking the land train (costs a fiver at time of this review) which gives you a 50 minute tour so you can then plan what you want to see. It is free entrance but they do encourage donations as it costs over £4000 a day to keep the place open. You could easily spend the entire day here.
  • The Arboretum is a vast, beautiful place, with winding paths connecting memorials for all sorts of events and people connected with conflict. There are shady groves for contemplation where you can rest your aching feet and ponder those who have gone before. There are magnificent, dramatic memorial areas and layouts to wander around in. You can take guided tours on a road train, and visit the large cafeteria. There is a well stocked shop, and other stalls and booths for memorabilia of all kinds. Above all there is the central enclosure, commemorating the Fallen; a tremendously moving space where you can read off the names of those gone, with tableaux illustrating Peace and War. It is a place you will never forget.
  • Fantastic place with so much history. Allow yourself a full day there to be able to see everything. The staff are extremely helpful and informative. There's also a Land Train which provides an excellent opportunity for those who struggle with walking to see everything. It has brilliant spoken commentary too. Parking costs are reasonable for a whole day and the restaurant and shop have plenty to offer too. It's a must visit for all ages.
  • This is a fantastic place. Huge amount of history to explore, it would take a good few hours to look at every single thing here! Well maintained with friendly and helpful staff. Big open restaurant, could find a seat and queues were not bad even on quite a busy day.
  • Everyone should visit at least once. Beautifully laid out .Will make you think about the sacrifices people made for our freedom today. Good cafe and very clean toilets too.

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