National Memorial Arboretum (The Royal British Legion)
Tel No: 01283 792333 Open: 9.00am to 5.00pm daily
Access by Car
The Arboretum is situated between Birmingham and Derby, just off the A38, at Alrewas, north of Lichfield and south of Burton-on-Trent. You will see “brown signs” from the A38 directing you to the A513 junction, signposted for Tamworth.
M1 Southbound – exit at junction 28 and take the A38 south, by passing Derby and Burton to the A513 Tamworth turn off, then follow the local signs.
M1 Northbound – exit onto M6 northbound, then after Corley Services follow the signs for the M6(Toll) and M42,then leave at the next junction (junction 9 M42),signposted A446,follow the A446 to the A38 Lichfield, then A38 Derby to the A513 Tamworth, then follow the local directions.
M6 Southbound – exit junction 15,follow A50 Derby, then the A38 Lichfield to the A513 Tamworth turn, then follow signs to NMA.
M54 Eastbound – leave at junction 1,and take the A460 Cannock, passing over the M6,continue and then follow the A5 (Tamworth),then A38 Derby until the junction with the A513 Tamworth, then follow local signs.
For Sat Nav:– DE13 7AR.
There is a charge for car parking using the Pay & Display machine near the entrance to the reception building. Up to 2 hours £2, more than 2 hours £3.
Army Apprentice Memorial Location
The Memorial is situated about half a mile beyond the main entrance so allow at least twenty minutes to walk the mainly grass covered path. There is limited ‘golf buggy’ assisted transport during our Memorial official events.
There is a level access to the Visitor Centre where disabled toilet facilities are available. There are also firm, level paths giving good access to much of the site.
For less mobile visitors, wheelchairs and electric scooters are available on loan from the Visitor Centre. To ensure availability they must be pre booked with the NMA well in advance. A suitable donation is requested for use of a manual wheelchair and a charge is made for a motorised scooter.
Visitors with Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the formal grounds of the Arboretum (except for working assistance dogs), or on any of the memorials. The Arboretum has no dog waste bins and there is very little shade in the parking area for dogs left in cars.
Apart from the warmth and comfort of the Visitor Centre, the National Memorial Arboretum is an open site, so it is advisable to check that you are appropriately dressed for the local weather. Other than the Visitor Centre, there is virtually no place that is under cover. Please ensure that you come prepared with waterproof protection if wet weather is forecast. Appropriate footwear is recommended at all times to cater for rough ground and wet grass. The gift shop sells umbrellas, wet weather garments and sun hats. It may be noted that no changing areas or rooms are available at the NMA.
The Public Visitor Centre houses all the usual facilities, also the Arbour Cafe. Toilets for the able bodied and disabled are situated in the visitor centre.
For visitors who wish to pay their own tributes to a loved one, poppy crosses and poppy sprays are available all year round from the visitor centre ,and wreaths may be obtained with two weeks notice. In the Long Gallery there is a facility to light a candle of Remembrance.
The Arbour Cafe is open daily to meet all your refreshment needs. The Cafe is a fully licensed, self catering establishment which offers a wide range of hot and cold options, snacks and drinks throughout the day.
There are a number of picnic benches situated in the grounds for the use of visitors and “picnic packs” can be supplied. For a moderate cost a picnic pack contains,2 filled rolls (1 Brown and 1 White),a bag of crisps, a slice of cake, a pack of biscuits and a piece of fresh fruit, and a bottle of water. Visitors are not permitted to consume their own food within the Visitor Centre.
11th Sept. 2011