Group visits

Large groups are welcome at The National Archives. Pre-booking is required for groups of 16 or more.

We have one coach bay on site that can be booked each day that we are open to visitors (Tuesday to Saturday). Advance booking is free of charge and highly recommended.

To check availability and book the bay, select the month of your visit and then the date. If available, you will be able to proceed with your booking. Book a coach bay.

Further information (including directions and what to do when you arrive) will be provided in the confirmation email that you receive after completing your booking.

Please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your booking.

If you are planning a group visit and do not require use of a coach bay, please email our group visits registration team with the following information:

  • your name
  • date of visit
  • your email address or a contact phone number
  • the expected number of people in your group
  • the expected number of people who will require readers’ tickets


We have only one coach bay which must be pre-booked and can only be used by the official group.

Events and talks

A number of popular events and talks take place throughout the week. There are a mixture of paid and free events available.

Readers’ tickets

Visitors only need a reader’s ticket if they want to consult original documents. Many of our most popular records, particularly those of interest to family historians, are available on microfilm or online, which can be accessed without a reader’s ticket.

If members of your party are likely to need readers’ tickets, please ask them to register in advance and bring proof of their identity and address with them on the day.

Specialist interests

Academic researchers

We are currently developing new online and on site services for students and postgraduate researchers, focusing on methods and sources. Do check our website for more information about these new services.

School and undergraduate visits

For more information about workshops, videoconferences and undergraduate visits, go to our Education website.

Library and information service professionals

Reference-focused tour of reading rooms, including the Library, for librarians and information professionals. Maximum of ten people per group.

Duration: One hour

Availability: Tuesday to Friday. Pre-booking is required, a minimum of one month in advance.

Contact: ARK events