The National Archives


Richmond, Greater London

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The National Archives houses one of the finest, most complete archives in Europe, comprising the records of the central government and law courts from the Norman Conquest to the present century. It is a mine of information and includes the Domesday Book and millions of First World War records.

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The National Archives
The National Archives, Kew, RICHMOND, Greater London, TW9 4DU


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Access ramps, lifts, accessible toilets, accessible parking, automatic doors.
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Sunday and Monday: closed (open 11:00-16:00 on first Sundays: visit our website for dates) Tuesday: 9:00-19:00 Wednesday: 9:00-17:00 Thursday: 9:00-19:00 Friday: 9:00-17:00 Saturday: 9:00-17:00

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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