Summer at The National Archives

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.

First Sundays

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.

Family activities

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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