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“Interesting experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The National Archives

The National Archives
Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 4DU, England
+44 (0) 20 8876 3444
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Surrey
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“Interesting experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

You need to get used to the place because the staff could be more pleasant and helpful.

Visited March 2012
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“Researching times past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Helpful staff, although security can sometimes be overbearing, and temperatures in the Reading room too cold.

Visited January 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A great, valuable resource for students.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

I went here for a research trip in May 11. The requested items were quickly provided, the staff were helpful, the registration was painless, the grounds are lovely and the cafe was well stocked.

Visited May 2011
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Wales
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“A beautiful place with very helpful staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Go through the gate and into a lovely pond area, the ponds have beautiful swans and coots, the building is stunning, you have to get a readers ticket, and that can take a while, but the staff are very happy to help you find what ever records you are looking for, you will need a recent bill with your address on and also your passport. The restaurant and coffee shop are on the ground floor and good value food.

Visited October 2011
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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“You do not need to look at the records for a visit to be worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

Most people visit the National Archives online. People who physically go to the Archives in Kew go to look at the public records which include everything to do with the business of Government but also census data so you can trace your ancestors. I went as a tourist and really found the experience rewarding.

The National Archives are in an attractive parklike setting near the river Thames within 10 minutes walk of Kew Gardens Station which is both on the District Line and London Overground. It can also be reached from Waterloo via Richmond Station. It also has a large car park, which at present provides free parking. There are lakes and plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by or to have a picnic.

Within the Archives there is an excellent museum that has a lot of important documents such as the peace treaty with the American colonies and the Domesday Book. There are also a whole range of interesting exhibits to those who are interested in history

The bookshop specialises on historical books, maps and other artifacts. I thought it would be a great place to buy presents.

There is a large restaurant and cafe where the food is not at all bad.

All in all, I think a tourist with an interest in history could spend an interesting time pottering around the building and grounds for a couple of hours. Afterwrds, if you still have the energy, the Royal Botanic Gardens are about a mile away along the towpath.

Visited September 2011
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