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. 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.

All visitors must wear a face covering during their visit, unless exempt.

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.

Please note that until further notice our event and conference facilities are unavailable for hire.

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