How to find us

Coronavirus update: The National Archives is closed to visitors until further notice. Please see our news story for updates.

Our building in Kew is accessible via public transport, car, motorbike or bicycle.

A map of our wider area, showing our transport links.

A map of our wider area, showing our transport links.

For our location, see our local map, which also shows accessible routes for disabled people, and a map of the wider area, or visit for a scalable map.

Our address is: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. For sat navs use the postcode TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive).

We are fully accessible to disabled visitors. See more information about access for disabled people.

Public transport

The nearest stations are Kew Gardens, which is served by the District tube line and the London Overground line, and Kew Bridge, served by South West Trains.

Use the Transport for London (if travelling within London) and National Rail websites to plan your journey via public transport.


The R68 bus route (from Hampton Court via Richmond) terminates by the entrance to The National Archives. Other routes stopping nearby include:

  • 65 (Ealing to Kingston via Richmond), alight on Kew Road near Victoria Gate (15-minute walk)
  • 237 (Shepherd’s Bush to Hounslow Heath via Chiswick), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 267 (Hammersmith to Fulwell via Brentford), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 391 (Fulham to Richmond via Hammersmith), alight at Sandycombe Road near Kew Gardens station (10-minute walk)

Transport for London can help you plan your journey here by bus.


We have introduced charges in our visitor car park from 3 January 2019. Find out more.

The AA journey planner can help you plan your route and check the latest traffic updates.

If you are arriving or departing by car or taxi, please note that our sat nav postcode is TW9 4AD and that access is via Bessant Drive.

We provide limited car parking spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

We support the London Borough of Richmond’s Idle-free initiative. Please switch off your engine whilst stationary on-site.


Parking time Charge
Up to two hours £2.50
Up to four hours £4.50
Over four hours £7.00

How to use our parking system

  • Enter the car park by approaching the barrier, which will open automatically. Make a note of your registration plate number before leaving your vehicle.
  • After enjoying your visit to The National Archives, go to one of our two pay point machines (located in The National Archives’ foyer), and enter your vehicle registration.
  • The pay machine will calculate your car parking charge based on registration recognition. Payments can be made by either cash or chip and pin/contactless payment (with a credit or debit card).
  • Return to your vehicle and leave the car park via the exit barrier within 20 minutes of payment.

Visitors must pay for parking before leaving the premises.

Opening hours

Day Building hours Car park hours
Monday Closed 08:30–20:00
Tuesday 09:00–19:00 08:30–20:00
Wednesday 09:00–17:00 08:30–20:00
Thursday 09:00–19:00 08:30–20:00
Friday 09:00–17:00 08:30–20:00
Saturday 09:00–17:00 08:30–20:00
Sunday Closed Closed

Parking outside these hours is not permitted, for the security of our site.

The visitor car park hours will be extended to accommodate out-of-hours events.

We also provide free car parking spaces for disabled visitors in designated ‘Blue Badge’ bays.


The National Archives is located next to the Thames Path, part of the National Cycle Network (Route 4). Bicycle sheds are provided, although bicycles are left at your own risk. Bicycles, including folding bicycles, are not permitted inside the building.

Some of the entrances to our site, and some of the paths in our grounds, are for shared pedestrian and cycle use. Please take extra care when cycling around our site.

The London Cycling Campaign can send you bicycle route maps. Get more information on planning your journey by bicycle.


There is a dedicated motorbike parking area in the car park.


Various accommodation options are available in the Kew area.