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The National Archives

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Great place to research

Over a 1,000 years of documents to research here. It's free to park, but only until 3rd January... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andy N
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London, United Kingdom
First visit

It must be me because I felt very ignorant and self conscious. Would I look confused and elderly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
RobininBRISTOL
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Open to all, The National Archives is a place to explore 1,000 years of history - from Shakespeare's will to tweets from Downing Street. This impressive building in Kew is set in beautiful grounds and offers visitors a diverse programme of events...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over a 1,000 years of documents to research here. It's free to park, but only until 3rd January 2019. If you are visiting in the New Year, there is FREE PARKING in the adjacent retail park for UPTO 4 HOURS ONLY, and free parking on...More

Thank Andy N
NationalArchives_UK, The Marketing Team at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andy N, Thank you for the brilliant parking info - you are clearly an expert car-parking navigator! We are incredibly proud to hold over a 1,000 years of history and I am pleased to know you are one of many who enjoy what we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It must be me because I felt very ignorant and self conscious. Would I look confused and elderly and would the team be grumpy? No need to worry at all - it was just wonderful. And I was really helped by super people and I...More

Thank RobininBRISTOL
NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi RobininBRISTOL, Thank you so much for your review - I'm really pleased to hear that your initial worries were immediately put to rest by our 'super staff', who we're very proud to have here. I'll pass on your suggestion to our catering team -...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018

Over the past 10 years, I have been visiting the NRA and have always found the staff and facilities excellent. I always visit on a weekend and there has always been sufficient space for the computers. Tip: If you are starting your family research you...More

Thank Wildbirder
NationalArchives_UK, Manager at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience. We are so pleased to hear you've found our staff and facilities excellent, and appreciate you passing on some tips and parking updates to fellow TNA researchers. The Marketing Team

Reviewed 24 September 2018

We visited here with relations and went by car - the car park was free the day we were there, but usually there is a charge for parking. I think access by public transport is pretty easy too. There was a good suffragette exhibition on....More

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NationalArchives_UK, Manager at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for the great feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an excellent experience here at The National Archives and enjoyed our Suffragette exhibition. We hope you can join us again for our next exhibition 'Words of Peace' which starts on Tuesday 6...More

Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I made my inaugaural visit to Kew Gardens' 'The National Archives' during the early winter of 2017, alongside a group of university friends seeking to gain inspiration for a History project related to primary source analysis. Situated in a picturesque area of West London, in...More

Thank Oliver C
NationalArchives_UK, Manager at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience of The National Archives with fellow researchers and visitors. It is fantastic to hear that you found our collection accessible and our staff friendly and attentive. Hope to see you again soon. The Marketing Team

Reviewed 12 September 2018

My wife is a historian and we visited to do some research. It was my first visit. The place is very organised. Bags had to be left in a locker but I could take in a laptop, camera etc. To read documents ordered for reading...More

Thank SnaxMuppet
NationalArchives_UK, Manager at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

We are pleased to know your first visit to The National Archives was organised and that our coffee and restaurant made the experience even better. We hope you visit us again soon for our new exhibition arriving Tuesday 6 November. The Marketing Team

Reviewed 6 September 2018

You do need a reason to visit The National Archives. If researching family history or military history, then this is the place to go. There is a large "reading" room with easy computer access to the national archives material. The staff are extremely helpful in...More

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NationalArchives_UK, Manager at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with fellow researchers and visitors to The National Archives. We are always grateful for the feedback, and are happy to know we are 'the place to go' for family or military history. The Marketing Team

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Another lunch time sanctuary that serves hot food with a smile with proper cutlery and disposable cups. Before you enter on the left, be ready to open your bag to the security person.

Thank J C
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Unless you are looking for relatives or some other person, it’s not worth visiting. Still very interesting. Well set out. Thames next door. Recommended.

Thank SydnTooli
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This complex, which has the appearance of a temple or bomb shelter, depending on how you see it, is one of the most enjoyable places in London to spend a day if you have an interest in history. It could also be seen as one...More

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Response from NationalArchives_UK | Property representative |
There is no entry cost to the National Archives and there are a number of free events and exhibitions throughout the year. Find out more on our What's On page on our website.
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