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The National Archives

Kew | Kew, Richmond, Richmond TW9 4DU, England
+44 20 8876 3444
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Keeper's Gallery is worth a quick visit

If this were a review of the archive itself, it would get five stars. But for a visitor attraction... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Plan ahead of wish you had

Get a readers ticket and order items ahead. Then things are seamless. Otherwise you will spend your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Kew | Kew, Richmond, Richmond TW9 4DU, England
+44 20 8876 3444
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If this were a review of the archive itself, it would get five stars. But for a visitor attraction, all there is to see is the Keeper's Gallery, a small free museum opposite the cafe area, which is worth a look if you happen to...More

Thank Usamah_London
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get a readers ticket and order items ahead. Then things are seamless. Otherwise you will spend your time waiting. If you are American, do not expect to work as easily as you do at home. No ten cent copies. Try about $30 a copy. Bring...More

Thank yearbook1
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I am a professional historian and have visited many archives around the world. This UK national archives are great. Very well organized and efficient with a polite and helpful staff. There's a cafe on the first floor and its an easy 10 minute walk from...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Although a little difficult to find the way in on a first visit, it was well worthwhile to do so. A modernistic buiding in heavily landscaped grounds houses millions of documents many of national historic importance. A great flavour of them can be seen in...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We needed to search back to find if there was a Right of Way across our field in Hampshire and where the field gate had been.

Thank aSkylark
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The National Archives at Kew, SW of London, is one of the great national archives with records going back to the Domesday Book. Its facilities are primarily for researchers, including family historians, but there are also education events. On the ground floor, there are displays...More

Thank tomwO6177GV
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

There is nothing quite like getting your hands on a pile of original documents that may not have been read for a 100 or more years. The set up here is amazing and so well organised. Its a credit to our country that we have...More

Thank Geoffrey C
Reviewed 5 February 2017

My wife is the genealogist, I just go to do the donkey work. She could have stayed all week, 24 hrs a day. It was brilliant. Very helpful staff, great facilities and obviously the best source of historical records in the country. There is a...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I had to go here for a day of research for some work I am doing. The staff were very helpful and willing to assist in the smallest of tasks despite some visitors seeming very stressed. Even on a Saturday, it didn't get too busy...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 16 January 2017

The NA at Kew is phenomenal. Easy to access, easy parking, full of helpful and friendly staff who can make it easy to navigate the sometimes obscure business of identifying and ordering documents for research. Having said all of that the coffee shop is awful....More

Thank HungryinNorfolk
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14 January 2016|
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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