Opening times

Visit us on the first Sunday of every month and explore our building, our picturesque gardens and discover a new side to The National Archives

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

Collect your pre-registered reader’s ticket or apply on site for one between 09:00 and 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

Day Buildings Reading rooms Document ordering Phone opening times
Monday Closed Closed Closed 09:00 – 17:00
(switchboard service only)
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00 09:00 – 19:00* 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00 09:00 – 19:00* 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Friday 09:00 – 17:00 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00
(switchboard service only)
Sunday First Sunday of each month:
11:00 – 16:00

Other Sundays: closed
Closed Closed Closed

*Please note that the Research and Enquiries Desks will close at 17:00.

**Please note that advanced records and research advice is only available 11:00 – 15:00.

Closure dates All dates listed are inclusive
New Year’s Day 2019 Tuesday 1 January
Easter Friday 19 to Monday 22 April (closing at 17:00 on Thursday 18 April)
Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May
Summer Bank Holiday Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August
Christmas Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 December
New Year’s Day 2020 Wednesday 1 January

Restaurant, cafe, The Keeper’s Gallery and bookshop

Our bookshop is open from 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday, and from 11:00 to 16:00 on First Sundays. You can also browse and purchase books from our online bookshop.

Day Restaurant Cafe
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 18:30
Wednesday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 16:45
Thursday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 18:30
Friday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 16:45
Saturday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
08:30 – 16:00
Sunday First Sunday of each month:
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
Other Sundays: closed
First Sunday of each month: 11:00 – 16:00
Other Sundays: closed

Car park

Day Car park hours
Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 08:30 – 20:00
Sunday First Sunday of each month: 11:00 – 16:00
Other Sundays: closed

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

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.