Visit us

The National Archives is open to all, offering a range of activities and spaces to enjoy and our reading rooms for research.

Our site in Kew has a bookshop and restaurant, set in beautiful grounds just a five-minute walk from the River Thames. Plan your visit, or find out about our events, exhibitions or talks.

Please note: the Keeper’s Gallery is closed from 6 February to early May as we install a new exhibition on Women’s Suffrage.

If you are planning to travel here, there are some changes on site that may affect you. In particular, we no longer allow large suitcases or bags too big to fit inside our lockers into the building. Find out more.

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00 Tuesday to Saturday. Find out the opening times of our restaurant, cafe and bookshop.

Plan your journey here with our address in Kew, maps and information about local public transport links. Accessible route maps for disabled visitors are available.

As well as researching, there is a range of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops here to get involved in.

The National Archives is fully accessible to disabled visitors. Find out about accessible travel and our on site facilities.

We accommodate school groups, academic research groups and library and information service professionals.