National Archives (Public Record Office) at National Archives
Heritage Centre, free entry
National Archives (Public Record Office)
020 8876 3444
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.
You can see this collection at The National Archives in Kew, West London, or view certain documents online. Records are open on transfer unless they contain information covered by an exemption. If you want to see a record that has not been released, you can submit a Freedom of Information request. We will review the record, in consultation with the government department, which transferred it to us. If it is no longer subject to a Freedom of Information exemption, the information will be released to you. Under the Freedom of Information Act, anyone in the world can request information held at The National Archives.
The National Archives also acts as a clearing-house for information about the location of non-public records and manuscripts relating to British history kept elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
Tuesday 09.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00
Thursday 09.00 - 19.00
Friday 09.00 - 17.00
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
Easter 2011 Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April
Royal Wedding and May Bank Holiday 2011 Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday 2011 Saturday 28 May to Monday 30 May
August Bank Holiday 2011 Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August
Christmas 2011 Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 27 December
New Years Day 2012 Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January
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Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
For further information visit www.tfl.gov.uk
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Public toilets
- Disabled access
- Guided tours for individuals
- Guided tours for groups