The village of Alrewas sits on the east side of the Trent & Mersey Canal to the SW of Burton-Upon-Trent. Easy access to the centre can be obtained from Bridge 48 directly onto Main Street, over the footbridge 47, or over bridge 46 and turning right onto Post Office Road until it meets Main Street. There is an exceptional butcher (Peter Coates), as well as a mini-market. The town boasts three pubs, and there is a hairdresser; dentist and doctor are also available.
Continuing along Main Street and crossing the A38 provides access to the National Memorial Arboretum . Gifted by Lafarge on completion of their gravel workings, and part of the Royal British Legion family, the NMA is a national war memorial for all those who have died in and since WW2, including recognition for many civilian services during WW2. It also serves as the focus for the annual bikers' rally of remembrance; Ride to the Wall .