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The National Archives

Kew | Kew, Richmond, Richmond TW9 4DU, England
+44 20 8876 3444
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Worth a visit for family history buffs!

A great and different place to visit on a London trip. Best to register for a reader’s card in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Goldfinch1
via mobile
If you like history you will enjoy this

I love history. I love ephemera and therefore I love the National Archives. It does have the feel... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alfieconnspurs
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London, United Kingdom
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Kew | Kew, Richmond, Richmond TW9 4DU, England
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+44 20 8876 3444
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"family history"
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"original documents"
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"kew gardens station"
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"domesday book"
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"forty minutes"
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"amazing resource"
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"online registration"
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"free access"
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"beautiful swans"
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"driving licence"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank David M
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

I went to check out some of my family history, while in the national archives the free computers also have free access to some genealogy resources. I spent two days researching and finding data about my family from the freely available census data. Getting a...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

A recent visit to try and answer some esoteric research questions. Firstly, though, my on-line Re-registration had failed so time was wasted getting that sorted, and then I had to get the documentsa ordered so was a bit later than I'd have liked getting started....More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

I have to go here for a mix of different work that I do. There’s a lot of information on the website that can help you before you go and you ought to do a bit of preparation to get the most out of a...More

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

From the moment you walk in you can be looking at whatever record they have in 45 minutes - 5 minutes of registering with one id with your address (eg U.K. driving licence) and one with your signature (eg bank card). Then you can order...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Wonderful welcome, free car parking lovely walk to the door by the ponds with two beautiful swans with their family of two. My partner had booked items on line and a table however I went with him to help read through the ships log books....More

Thank holiday-view23-7-11
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This place is a National Treasure. No matter where in the world you live, you can turn up with two pieces of documentation and they will give you a reader’s card, then dig out documents for you all day long. All for free! It’s comfortable...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

It's free to enter, it's free to park and it's accessible without restriction, you just need to register. The resources here are able to help anybody who is looking to research some form of history. The staff are always very helpful and know their stuff...More

Thank Richard F
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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
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