Opening times

Our reading rooms, exhibitions, shop and café are free to visit and open to all between Tuesday and Saturday. Our building opens to visitors at 09:00, until the reading rooms close (Sunday times differ). Our exhibitions, café and shop are also open on the first Sunday of the month, between 11:00 and 16:00.

We’re usually closed for bank holiday weekends (including the Saturday), but we’re making an exception for the early May bank holiday weekend – we’ll be open on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May between 11:00 and 16:00 (exhibitions, café and shop only, our reading rooms will be closed).

We’ll be closed for the entire Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend (Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June).

Reading rooms and document ordering

 Reading roomsDocuments can be ordered between
Tuesday09:30 to 19:0009:30 to 16:00
Wednesday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30
Thursday09:30 to 19:0009:30 to 16:00
Friday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30
Saturday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30

Our other services

Our café is open between 09:00 and 16:00 Tuesday to Friday, on Saturday between 09:00 and 15:00 and the first Sunday of the month between 11:00 and 15:00.

Our shop is open between 10:00 and 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday, and the first Sunday of the month between 11:00 and 16:00.

Our car park is open from 08:00 and closes 30 minutes after our building.

Closure dates

All dates listed below are inclusive.

  • Easter: Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April (closing at 17:00 on Thursday 14 April)
  • Spring bank holiday and Platinum Jubilee bank holiday: Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June
  • Summer bank holiday: Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August
  • Christmas 2022: Saturday 24 December to Wednesday 28 December
  • New Year’s Day 2023: Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January