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This page has information about parking for disabled people and accessible travel on public transport.
See where to find us for general information about getting here.
Rail and tube
Kew Gardens station, approximately 0.75 kilometres away, is the nearest rail and tube station.
The station has ramps from both platforms, but no lifts. It does not have step-free interchange between platforms - wheelchair users cannot get from one side to the other.
- See Kew Gardens station access information - this station is accessible to wheelchair users
- See Kew Bridge station access information - this station is not accessible to wheelchair users
Wheelchair route from station
The map of the local area shows the route to the archives from the eastbound platform (see red dotted line) and the route from the westbound platform of Kew Gardens station (see blue dashed line).
Taxis from station
Ask a member of the station staff, or go to the station office (eastbound side), for local taxi numbers or for assistance in calling a taxi.
When leaving The National Archives you can ask staff at the welcome desk to call you a taxi.
The R68 bus terminates near The National Archives at the Kew Retail Park. You may find it easier to travel to Richmond and catch the R68 (from just outside Richmond station) instead of walking from Kew Gardens station.
Parking for disabled people
There are a number of free disabled parking bays. On arriving at The National Archives from Bessant Drive follow the sign for the disabled parking bays. You will pass through a security barrier where you will need to inform security staff on the intercom of whether you are dropping someone off or parking in one of the bays. Please bring your blue badge.
The bays are available on a 'first come first served' basis. If the disabled parking bays are full, you can access the building from the main car park, approximately 200 metres from the main entrance. Both entrances are accessible for wheelchair users.
Both car parks are open from 07:00 to 19:30.
There is no direct bus service from The National Archives to Kew Gardens station.
All London buses are now low-floor buses (wheelchair accessible). All London buses have a retractable ramp and room for one wheelchair user.
The R68 bus terminates near The National Archives at the Kew Retail Park. If you are a wheelchair user travelling from Richmond we recommend catching the R68 (from just outside Richmond station) instead of getting a train or tube to Kew Gardens station.
For information on accessible tube travel and local buses, please use the advanced search options on the Transport for London Journey Planner. See the National Rail website for more information on accessible rail travel.