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The National Archives

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Address: Kew | Kew, Richmond, Richmond TW9 4DU, England
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+44 20 8876 3444
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue 09:00 - 19:00
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An interesting and educational place with good inexpensive food, too

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... read more

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David S
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 the fine museum, It is not a big facility, but is worthwhile giving it a... More 

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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.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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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 of 'treasures' as well as a cafe and good bookshop. There's parking on-site or you... More 

Thank tomwO6177GV
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Reviewed 20 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 this facility.

Thank Geoffrey C
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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 cafe on premises with a fairly limited menu but OK. The grounds were lovely with... More 

Thank Robert M
Swindon, United Kingdom
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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 and it, thankfully, isn't like a library where you can't talk. I went with a... More 

Thank Richard F
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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. Lukewarm nasty coffee. Tea bag with no room for milk in boiling paper cup. Small... More 

Thank HungryinNorfolk
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We were staying in Twickenham so it was only a short distance to visit the Archives office. Even though we weren't doing any research it was good to visit the museum and shop on the ground floor. I thought the shop in particular was very good. If you want to access the main library remember your ID.

Thank Neil P
Richmond, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Kew Gardens is famous for the eponymous botanic garden which is wonderful. I vist almost every day. Less know are the National Archives by the River Thames and a short walk from Kew Gardens Station. They hold the nation's hisotory and are a must for anyone interested in genealogy. There is a lovely small museum and a good cafeteria. There... More 

Thank SergeLourie
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely site bit hidden away but a real national treasure Fascinating documents held here. Great to see classes of school children learning about our historical treasures

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