Welcome to the National Memorial to the Few
The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, on the famous white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone in Kent, occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of all those who have visited this moving site.
Maintained by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the site at Capel-le-Ferne is dedicated to Churchill’s famous “Few” who fought in the skies overhead to keep this country free from invasion.
The Memorial itself inspires quiet reflection on the bravery and sacrifice shown by the aircrew – fewer than 3,000 men – who flew, fought and sometimes died in probably the most crucial battle fought by this country in the whole of the 20th century.
The Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall lists the names of all those who took part in the Battle of Britain, while a replica Spitfire and Hurricane stand nearby as a reminder of the iconic machines they flew to victory.
From early 2015 our iconic new Wing building will be helping visitors to find out more about the Battle. The high-tech, multi-media Scramble Experience will give people a taste of what life was like to be one of the Few in 1940, while the Geoffrey Page Centre has been designed as a learning environment that will be made available to schools.
A retail area and a first floor cafe with stunning views over the Channel towards France will complete this fantastic new building, which is scheduled to open in March at the start of what will be the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2015. To find out more – and for pictures – follow this link.
The Memorial site is free to visit and can be accessed on foot all day, every day, although the car park, shop and cafe are only open from 10 am to 4pm at weekends and on Wednesdays during the winter. Check the website for opening times once The Wing is open. There will be a charge for The Scramble Experience.
Tours of the site can be arranged on request for school visits or for other groups. See contact details for how to get in touch.
The site is approached from either Dover or Folkestone on the B2011 at Capel-le-Ferne.
…to a modern day place of pilgrimage