The National Archives

Kew, Richmond, Surrey , TW9 4DU

Our collection is one of the largest in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records.

The National Archives
The National Archives image

Kew, Richmond, Surrey , TW9 4DU

020 8876 3444


Nearest Station
Kew Gardens (0.39 miles)


Opening Summary

Mon: closed
Tues: 9am - 7pm
Weds: 9am - 5pm
Thurs: 9am - 7pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: closed

If you’re trying to find a long lost relative, are investigating the British government’s reforms to combat the post-WWI economic depression, or are researching cases of 16th century infanticide, you may well find what you’re looking for at The National Archives in Kew.

This government-run agency holds over a thousand years’ worth of documents dating back to the time of the Domesday Book to the present, including court documents, correspondence between ministers and government departments, census and Home Office records, and birth, marriage and death certificates. There is a wealth of information available on their website, but if you can’t find what you need on their online catalogue you can visit their vast archive location free of charge provided you take two forms of ID.

The National Archives Picture Gallery

The National Archives Picture


Top Level Tips: First World War Army Records


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Top Level Tips: Discovering your family history


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Top Level Tips: Using The National Archives' catalogue


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

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Friday 18th of September 2020

The Gin Craze


Friday 7th of August 2020

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