National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield

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 Lichfield, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • The arboretum is really worth a visit very nice and peaceful,this is what happened to those brave men that lost their lives during the world wars and other conflicts,  more »
  • Wonderful, uplifting experience. Great idea not to charge admission fee - just £3 to park the car for all day. Grounds are beautifully kept and NO LITTER! Been a few times, both with my other half and...  more »
  • We planned an hour to have a bit of a look around and ended up spending a very enjoyable 3 and a half hours meandering about and being educated by some very enthusiastic and pleasant volunteers. We'll...  more »
  • The National Memorial Arboretum is impressive and humbling in equal measure. If it wasn't for the fact that I look down on this place twice a day from the train I think my knowledge of its existence would have been peripheral at best. The the US memorials such as this are given far more prominence somehow, but the in the NMA we have something of which we can be truly proud. We should shout about it louder than we do, perhaps. It caters for everyone - the casual stroller, the ardent historian and, like my wife and I when we visited yesterday, just a couple of people looking for a walk in the fresh air and the opportunity to pay our respects to those who died in our name. The coffee shop and restaurant are good too. It's free to stroll the grounds and visit the memorials (which can take you all day if you let it), but there is an entrance fee for the exhibition. This was probably a little over-priced, but overall the day we have was well worth what we paid. We'll come again often, I hope.
  • We went during the summer holidays and it was very busy with only just enough parking spaces. There is a charge of £4 for the day. Entry to the site is free unless you want to use the bus tour which I think is £5. There is also a charge to some of the exhibitions. The site is extremely well maintained and a pleasure to walk round on a nice day. I don't think most people will get to see all the memorials in a day. There is a good cafe on site with plenty of seating.
  • Been meaning to go for long time. Finally got round to it today. Best friends in same boat. All 4 of us thought it was a brilliant place to visit. Very thought provoking. Also we were all surprised that it was a universal memorial arboretum not just the services. Wonderfully laid out and so many more areas than expected. If you were thinking of going, don't think just go.
  • Only discovered this place after seeing Prince Harry on TV there last year (2016) for Armistice Day and thought it looked like an interesting place to visit. Finally managed to get there and it is a wonderful place. There is so much to see; all the interesting memorials and plaques. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place to spend your day. You will not be disappointed. We bought Poppy crosses and put pictures of our loved ones on there and planted them in their regiment garden. You can see the love and care taken to keep the individual gardens looking immaculate. The cafe is a delight with a wonderful array of cakes. Would recommend the Watermelon one - Absolutely delicious as well as amazingly decorated. The food was very tasty and most importantly HOT. Only drawback I would say is the food was VERY EXPENSIVE for what it was but then we understand this is probably how the Aboretum gains its funds in order to stay open as a FREE attraction for people to visit. The poppy crosses are also by DONATION - Suggested amount is £2 but there is a slot so you can put what you like. Overall this is a very tranquil and beautiful place to visit. You won't be disappointed. It is an exceptional way to remember loved ones who have passed as well as all the other brave people who lost their lives in the war and served in various ways in the Army.
  • What an inspiring place. Right on my doorstep and have only been 2 or 3 times....need to rate myself one star!! Stunning main hub which looks set to expand with cafes and activity centres. Main memorial is incredible. Best bit was the trench complete with actors. Kids love racing about the open spaces. Staff are lovely. Very helpful. Put on the must see list for sure.

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