Our building, including our reading rooms and exhibition spaces, is open to everyone.
We encourage reading room visitors to book their visit and order documents in advance, although this is not essential. You do not need to book to visit our exhibition, shop or cafe.
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.
Please note that our reading rooms open and close at different times to our building, as shown below.
Find out what type of research you can do with our collection and how to get started.
Our café is open between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday and Thursday and between 09:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
We are free to visit and open to everyone, providing a warm welcome to visitors of all ages, including children and family groups.