This Summer at The National Archives you might be surprised by what you discover.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Kew Gardens station, our beautiful wildlife, free Cold War exhibition, fun-packed family activities, BBQs and ice cream await.
We are free to visit and open Tuesday to Saturday and the first Sunday of the month. Join us on Sunday 4 August and Sunday 1 September for our next Sunday openings, from 11.00 – 16.00 Please note that the reading rooms and library are closed on First Sundays.
School’s out and we’re here all summer with a fun-packed programme of family-friendly activities.
Check out the Time Travel Club events, drop in to a creative Craft Club session or pick up a free activity pack when you visit.
Free family trail – My Grandad: The Spy
Find clues, break codes and keep undercover in this secret mission, suitable for the whole family.
This interactive game requires a smart phone to take part. Booking essential.
Our Cold War exhibition provides an immersive and fascinating take on life in Britain during a turbulent era. Free to visit and open until 9 November 2019 #ColdWarSeason
Our What’s On programme features an exciting line-up of talks and events that showcase over 1,000 years of historic records.
Dine al fresco
With an outdoor terrace and balcony seating, enjoy coffee and lunch in a peaceful setting. We’ll be firing up the BBQ every Thursday this summer (weather permitting!) or you can opt for a cooler treat from our ice cream cart instead.
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