An extraordinary organisation, an extraordinary experience

In June 2019 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will open The CWGC Experience - a unique new visitor attraction that will shine a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remembrance of the war dead.

CWGC Experience Courtyard

The CWGC Experience will give visitors an up close and intimate look behind the scenes at the teams who still work painstakingly to care for the fallen.

From the story of how we still recover and rebury the dead today, to the skilled artisan craftsmen at work maintaining the world's most impressive and recognisable monuments and memorials, a trip to the battlefields of the Western Front is not complete without a visit to the CWGC Experience.

The Story So Far

Find out more about the plans for the centre and discover the latest updates on the building programme.

Visitor Information


The CWGC Experience is located just south of Arras in the heart of the First World War battlefields. The centre is only an hour from the channel ports and is easily reached by car (public parking is available on site). There are good rail links to Arras.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
5-7 Rue Angele Richard
62217 Beaurains

By car
From Lille or Paris: direct access from the A1 motorway (exit 15) on to the D939.
From Calais: take the A26 to Saint-Quentin. Exit 7 to Arras-Centre on to the D917.

By train
Eurostar from London to Lille with good connections from Lille to Arras. TGV from Paris to Arras.

By ferry/Channel Tunnel:
Ferry services to Calais, Le Shuttle service to Calais.

By air:
Lille airport in Lesquin or Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris.

Opening Times

The CWGC Experience will open to the public in late June 2019.
Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Closed at weekends, on French public holidays and during December and January for maintenance


Toilets, a gift shop and vending machines are available at the centre


We are committed to providing an accessible attraction, and we strive to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy as much of our centre as possible.
If you have any questions, or to arrange any additional support for your visit please email or call us on +33 321215275.
Assistance dogs are welcome.


Entry to the CWGC Experience is free and free parking is provided for all vehicles with fewer than 12 seats.
We have limited parking for larger vehicles and 12 seaters and above must book in advance of their visit. Please click here for more information.
A parking fee applies for larger vehicles.

  • Vehicles between 12 and 20 seats, 20 Euros
  • Vehicles with more than 20 seats, 50 Euros

Please note we are unable to accommodate larger vehicles without a booking. We want you to enjoy your experience with us, therefore booking in advance for large parties is required.

Coach Bookings

Are you planning to visit as part of a group? All coach bookings must be made in advance of your visit.