Visiting the Combined Operations Memorial
Useful Information for Your Visit
The memorial is
in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum, which is 27 miles NNE
of Birmingham. It was constructed in early 2013.
[Map courtesy of Google Map
If you'd like to delve more deeply into the history of the
project or to see a photographic record of the memorial's design,
development, construction and dedication, please visit the
Memorial Index page.
I do hope you
enjoy your visit and if you wish to provide feedback we'll be very pleased
to hear from you.
Have a nice day!
Preparing for Your Visit
Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is a special place of remembrance for an ever increasing number of people and a fascinating destination for
everyone. If you've not been before, check out what
facilities, information and help are available to get the most from your
You'll find up to date information on the NMA
[Aerial view of the NMA, courtesy of Google Earth.]
The Combined Operations Memorial is a good 10 minute walk from the
Arboretum's visitor centre but, for the less ambulant, there are electric scooters,
wheelchairs (recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment) and golf style
The memorial is located in a tranquil corner of the Arboretum down
by the River Tame where there are several wooden benches nearby, some
of which are in the photo opposite. The lovely open
view of the River Tame and its wildlife, is,
on a nice day, an ideal setting for a picnic or a place
for quiet reflection. However, there's not much shelter in the area,
so it's advisable to go prepared if the weather forecast is poor.
2013 - a few weeks after the dedication ceremony.]
In early October 2018, the
memorial benefitted from cleaning, grouting of the paved area and the
erection of a new, improved information display. The tall strip of nettles
along the riverside in the vicinity of the memorial, has been cut back
opening up a lovely vista of the river and its wildlife. On
a nice day, it's a lovely place to linger for a while on nearby seats.