Frequently Asked Questions:
When is the National D-Day Memorial open?
The National D-Day Memorial is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Memorial closes at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. During inclement weather, we advise you call to see if we are open before planning your trip. The Memorial site phone number is 540-587-3619.
What does it cost to get in?
· Fees for admission are $10.00 per adult, $8.00 per veteran or active duty military, and $6.00 per student (ages 6-18 or older with a valid college ID). Children under age 6 are admitted free.
· A guided walking tour is included in the cost of admission.
· Use of shuttle carts bears an additional fee and use is limited to those who are disabled. Shuttle carts are not always available, however, wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come first-serve basis.
· Ticket purchases and reserved group tour check-in occurs at the Bedford Area Welcome Center (located at the foot of the Memorial, 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford, VA 24523). Please stop here BEFORE driving up to the Memorial site.
I am not traveling with a group but would like a guided tour of the Memorial. What do I do?
The Memorial has guided walking tours scheduled throughout the day, from 10 AM - 4 PM. Inquire with the ticketing agent when you arrive at the Welcome Center to purchase tickets.
If I am a member of the National D-Day Memorial, do I still need to check in at the Welcome Center?
Yes. Please come by the Welcome Center first to receive your admission sticker and to find out about tour times if you wish to take a guided walking tour of the Memorial. By checking in at the Welcome Center, the Memorial is also able to record the actual number of visitors to the Memorial annually which is crucial information for grant writing purposes. By checking in at the Welcome Center first, we also are able to pass along important information to you regarding any activities on site that day.
Plan your visit to experience the National D-Day Memorial at its best.
April thru October is a favorable time to visit the Memorial. The temperatures are warmer, the fountains are working, and many of the gardens are in bloom. If you visit during the winter months, please call ahead as the Memorial may be closed due to inclement weather or seasonal systems maintenance. The site number is 540-587-3619.
Visiting with Children
Children are welcome on Memorial tours. Inquire about our activity pamphlet for young visitors. The pamphlet is complimentary and engages younger visitors (ages 4-12) in activities throughout the tour. Please inquire at Gift Store at the Memorial.
Touring the Memorial requires approximately one hour, however we recommend two hours for your visit. Though the tour is approximately one hour, you may wish to walk around on your own after the tour, take photos, or visit the Memorial store for a souvenir.
The National D-Day Memorial is an outdoor experience, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable to the weather.
What do we do if it’s raining?
Because the Memorial is an outdoor facility, remind your guests to consult weather forecasts in deciding on warm, wet, or cool weather attire. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats are recommended during sunny weather.
What if I am traveling with a pet?
Please be advised that, in general, the central aspect of the Memorial is off limits to pets and animals of any kind. The central part of the Memorial encompasses the sidewalks and all the grounds interior to the circular parking lot. There is occasion, however, when a service animal or other authorized animal may need to be on the site with the patron. We do not limit the access of these service animals.
For those traveling with pets, we ask that you consider the welfare of your pet when you travel to our site. Some of you may opt to keep your pet in your personal vehicle in a cool place with adequate water. For your convenience, we do have a limited number of animal crates available in our shaded kennel area. Please let the ticketing attendant know about your particular circumstance so that they may be able to check on availability of the crates for your visit. All patrons who have animals on site need to have them on a leash. Please ask site staff where you may walk your pet.