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.
But the Memorial is not just about the past but about the future. Preparatory work has now started on The Wing, an important new visitor centre planned for the Memorial site. This high-tech exhibition and learning centre is designed to keep the memory of the veterans alive for many years to come and is due to be open in time for the 75th anniversary in 2015, if funding allows.
The memorial is free to visit and can be accessed on foot all day, every day, although the car park and visitor centre are only open from 10 am to 5pm daily from March through to October.
Thanks to our marvellous volunteers, the site is now staying open at weekends throughout the winter, allowing visitors to use the car park, shop and café between 10am and 4pm on those days. The site can also be opened on request for school visits or on other occasions. See contact details for how to get in touch. Please note that our normal winter Wednesday opening has been suspended for 2013 because of building work related to The Wing. We apologise for any inconvenience that may cause.
The site is approached from either Dover or Folkestone on the B2011 at Capel-le-Ferne.
…to a modern day place of pilgrimage