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The National Archives

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Good resource

We visited here with relations and went by car - the car park was free the day we were there, but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
The National Archives: incredible collection - open, accesible and meticulously organised

I made my inaugaural visit to Kew Gardens' 'The National Archives' during the early winter of 2017... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 OllyCooke
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
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

Thank 560philipm
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

Thank FoxWynne
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

A great and different place to visit on a London trip. Best to register for a reader’s card in advance and bring 2 forms of ID as required. Staff were exceptionally helpful and were eager to guide you through your research needs. Family Search also...More

Thank Goldfinch1
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

I love history. I love ephemera and therefore I love the National Archives. It does have the feel of a library with the staff being a bit matriarchal but other then that it’s great. Set in lovely grounds too. I went in to do some...More

Thank Alfieconnspurs
Reviewed 24 April 2018

The buildings are modern, they clearly have a lot of interesting documents, but their computer systems are arcane in the extreme. Many documents are available to view online - although you have to go to Kew to do that. Not sure why! It should then...More

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Response from Travelady2 | Reviewed this property |
Hello - we were there to work on the famiily tree. We did not have to pay an entry fee. If that is what you are there for, I believe there is no charge. If you wish copies of documents then they do charge, however you can... More