Visit us

Our building, including our reading rooms and exhibition spaces, is now open to everyone.

We encourage reading room visitors to book their visit and order documents in advance, although this is no longer essential. You do not need to book to visit our exhibition, shop or cafe.

The 1921 Census of England and Wales is now available in digital format in our reading rooms, free of charge. You do not need to book to access it, although we may operate timed slots at particularly busy times to help manage demand.

Book a reading room visit

Plan your journey here with our address in Kew, maps and information about local public transport links. Accessible route maps for disabled visitors are available.

Our building is now open to everyone, but the opening times of our services varies throughout the week.

We’ve moved our events programme online, including activities for all the family.

Find out more about the booking process.

The National Archives is fully accessible to disabled visitors. Find out about accessible travel and our on site facilities.

We are now welcoming group visits and coach bookings again.

Situated in a riverside location in leafy Kew, we are a year-round venue with extensive, landscaped grounds offering both daytime and evening hire.

Working with our private security providers, we provide optimum access to the collection while ensuring the security of our visitors, staff and site.