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“Brilliant for research” 5 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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Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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“Brilliant for research”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

An amazing place to visit to do all your research or just to visit the Cafe and of course the wonderful Bookshop..

Visited June 2012
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Grenada
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“Fascinating and free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Ive lived near this place for ever, but only just visited. The museum is the star attraction with Magna Carta itself among the exhibits, along with things like the original document ending the american war with Britain. Well presented and informative. Theres a fun bookshop, a good cafe and of course the huge reading rooms for those who have pre-pplanned their visits and want to see specific documents.

Visited July 2012
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“Interesting even if youre not a genealogist or doing research!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

W e went on a late night Thursday which is ideal if you are visiting Kew Gardens in the day. if you do this visit the good bookshop as soon as you go in as it closes at 5.You need to register so take two pieces of recognised ID for name , address etc. This takes about 15 minutes as you have to fill it in on the computer then read a little article and have mulitple choice questions on it, common sense not difficult. Then photo taken and you are off. The help desk really are helpful and will point you in the right direction. You put your things, bags coats in lockers provided and can take notebook , pencils without erasers on them, cameras and laptops in. Wealth of information in there. Order documents before you arrive if you have a readers ticket so they are there for you on arrival. There is a cafe and a post box and nice clean toilets! The car park is free and was not full if it is there is a car park accross the road at theretail park that has Marks and Spencers in. The cafe there is still open after the Archives closes so we did this to save cutting into research time. Husband quite happy reading random facts in various books and looking at Titanic exhibition whilst I delved!

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

A lovely building to go to in the Summer as you can sit by the pond and have a nice picnic or a spot of lunch. The staff are very polite and helpful, and the guides and education lessons are very well planned and informative. The exhibition-museum area is great, with the Domesday book and Elizabeth I's funeral accounts on offer to see, and there's a nice cafe/restaurant directly opposite for a spot to it - although it is a tad expensive and resembles a cafeteria but this is mainly due to it being somewhere staff usually eat.
The place itself is incredibly vast as you would imagine and the Reading Rooms are fully of incredibly helpful documents, particularly for those looking into family history. The internet can be rather slow at times and be warned if you were planning on receiving or opening mail as hotmail, gmail and facebook are blocked from most of the computers, although I think this is mainly to deter staff and school kids.

The R68 bus takes you directly there and it's about a 5 - 10 minute walk from Kew Gardens Station, although it's not obvious how to get to TNA from there, so would recommend driving or the bus. It's also situated directly next to Kew Retail Park, so you can fit in a spot of shopping before or after!

Overall, a great experience, I'd definitely recommend calling ahead to make sure you get the most out of your experience, and it's a lovely, clean and technologically up to date venue.

Visited April 2012
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“Go but make sure you know what you're looking for!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

The place is absolutely massive. If you go and don't know what you're looking for you'll never gonna find anything. Do your research before you get there. It can take hours to get you a document so book ahead.

Visited May 2011
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