Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial, Cambridge

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Madingley Rd, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1954210350
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Memorial, Cemetery, Tourist Center, Architecture
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About Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial, Cambridge

As you stand by the flagpole, Stars and Stripes ribboning out in the wind, the first thing that will strike you is the calmness in the air. The second thing that will grab your attention is the overwhelming number of graves that lay before your eyes. The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, a tribute to the thousands of brave American soldiers that lost their lives on British soil, stands as a testament to the horrors of war and serves as a fitting final resting place for those who perished. Let serenity envelop you as walk past the meticulously maintained grass and survey the Cemetery’s fine architecture and beautiful landscaping.

The Cemetery and Memorial was opened in 1943 and was one out of three temporary American cemeteries in the country. It was the only one to become a permanent fixture on British territory. The men and women who rest here fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and the bombing campaign over Europe while some departed during training exercises. The Memorial’s wall is emblazoned with the name of each identified soldier who rests here, as well as over 5000 other people whose bodies were never recovered, including airmen and sailors.

The cemetery combines art, landscaping and symbolism in order to create an apt tribute to these fallen angels.Its 3,809 headstones are perfectly aligned upon the grass, in neat curving rows, at the head of fan shaped burial plots. Three clear, still pools create a tranquil environment and border the ‘Wall of Missing’. The Memorial Chapel, a 85 feet long, 30 feet wide and 28 feet high structure, contains a beautiful mosaic ceiling and windows meant to depict every American state. Finally, there’s a Visitor’s Centre, which conveys the history behind the cemetery and its residents. Visit this cemetery and pay your respects, the silence is soothing and a refreshing change from the noisiness of the city. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.

Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial Information

  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors - All key features.
  • Guide dogs permitted.
  • Toilets for disabled visitors.

How To reach Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial by Public Transport

  • The open top Sightseeing tour bus stops at the cemetery.
  • The local number 4 bus stops approximately half a mile from the cemetery.
  • On main A1303 road west of Cambridge.

Restaurants Near Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial

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  • 92.91% of people who visit Cambridge include Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial in their plan

  • 38.83% of people start their Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial

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Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial, Cambridge Reviews

  • Visited here just after Christmas to pay our respects to brave airman my brother had discovered and recovered. Such a beautiful and tranquil place, you could quite easily spent hours here. There's a museum with information. Will definitely come back in the summer to see it again. Took lots of photos and sent them to the family of the missing relative. Grounds are keep amazingly perfect.

  • Very emotional scene to remember those who dedicated their lives to keep Britain safe, especially the American troops who died. There's a film show inside one of the theatre explaining details. Every year in May there's a ceremony here to remember those that lost their lives. A chapel is also there, and a wall of remembrance. Disabled ♿ entrance in some parts. Very beautiful. Have fun.

  • Impressive and immaculately maintained. Visitor centre has some interesting information and a good introductory video. The map in the chapel wall is huge and fascinating covering North America, up to Scandinavia, across to Turkey, down to North Africa with Europe in the middle. Can sit there for an hour admiring the map. All very tastefully done matching the solemnity of the cemeteries in northern France.

  • A very sombre place to visit. It well kept tidy and a quiet place to walk around the memorial. Interesting visitor centre.

  • A must see stop when in Cambridge but please respect it's purpose. A short drive out of the City, limited parking so I'd advise that you'd take in as part of the City bus tour. Take time to wander through the exceptionally well kept cemetery. a must do is to view the beautiful church both on the inside, and the large map on the outside of the Southern wall. It will give an insight to the efforts of the generation that made the ultimate sacrifice. A small bit of the English countryside, a gift from the University if Cambridge to our allies that will be forever American.

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