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. Before you visit Lichfield, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • August 20, 2017
    First time visiting, despite only living half an hour away. Arrived at 10.30am, we paid to use the devices which explain a lot about the memorials, which was well worth it. Lots of beautiful and movin...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Second visit to The Arboretum,this time to attend the Home Front Proms.Once again everything well organised,the perfect evening,even the weather was kind. Overdue for a visit to pay our respects.....w...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    This is an outstanding place - very thoughtful and moving. The idea of having a memorial of this type, and certainly to the range of groups represented, is very moving. I would recommend this to all a...  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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