image for Historical Event item type1657: Rebel Christmas at National Archives

Historical Event, Wed 27 Nov 2019 - Sat 4 Jan 2020, free entry


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


The National Archives for a unique festive offering this season.

Exploring the centuries-old traditions forced to go underground when Christmas was outlawed, 1657: Rebel Christmas includes an immersive gallery experience and exciting events programme suitable for all ages.

Our Keeper’s Gallery will play host to a recreated apothecary shop from 1657. Step inside to experience the sights and smells of an underground workshop keeping the festivities alive.

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 27 Nov 2019 - Sat 4 Jan 2020
Tues: 09:00–19:00
Wed: 09:00–17:00
Thurs: 09:00–19:00
Fri: 09:00–17:00
Sat: 09:00–17:00

5th & 12th Dec: Open until 21:00
Sunday 1st Dec: 11:00-16:00

Closed: 24th-26th Dec & 1st Jan


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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