How to find us

We’d encourage all visitors to follow government guidance and avoid public transport as far as possible to get to The National Archives, preferably walking or cycling.

Our car park will also be available and free of charge to visitors who have pre-booked their reading room visit. We also provide free parking for motorbikes and bicycles, and accessible parking bays for disabled visitors.

If you have to use public transport to reach us, please check the government guidance for the latest advice and updates on using the tube, bus and train network safely. Remember that the law requires you to wear a face covering while using public transport.

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 Streetmap.co.uk 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.

Bicycle

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.

Motorbike

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

Car

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 free car parking spaces on a first come, first served basis.

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

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.

Bus

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.