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Play, from 15 Jun 2019, free entry


Tanya’s certain that her grandad was a spy, but here at The National Archives she can’t find out the truth on her own. She needs your help.

Find clues, break codes and keep undercover on this top secret mission. Join Tanya on her adventure to discover the facts about her grandad’s hidden history, and find out if you have what it takes to be a spy.

When you need to find out about the past, where better to start than The National Archives?

MY GRANDAD: THE SPY is a self-led interactive experience that requires the use of an adult’s smart phone which is fully charged and is either on a data plan or with at least £1 credit. Players will be instructed to arrive at The National Archives on their selected date, and will be sent their secret starting location and instructions for how to begin 30 minutes before their scheduled playing time.

Please make sure you check your emails 30 minutes before your start time.

The game will take about 90 minutes to complete, but can vary in length due to players’ speed.

We recommend that players are 7+, but of course younger siblings and older players are always welcome at the discretion of guardians.

The game is best played as a group of 2 to 4 players, and an adult needs to be present throughout the game.

MY GRANDAD: THE SPY takes place both outside and inside The National Archives, and is therefore open to the weather – so please dress appropriately.

Please speak to a member of staff if your group requires transcripts of the audio elements of the game or need any help.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 22 Jun 2019
Sat 29 Jun 2019
Sat 6 Jul 2019
Sun 7 Jul 2019
Sat 13 Jul 2019
Sat 20 Jul 2019


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

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.
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Parking: free


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