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The National Archives

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An enjoyable hour plus

A relatively quiet venue with the atmosphere of a library close to Kew Gardens and also an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
john_plus_mary
Cold War

The Cold War exhibition is well worth a visit. Growing up during this time I was barely aware of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Open to all, The National Archives is a place to explore 1,000 years of history - from Shakespeare's will to tweets from Downing Street. This impressive building in Kew is set in beautiful grounds and offers visitors a diverse programme of events...more
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Bessant Dr, Richmond, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 4DU, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relatively quiet venue with the atmosphere of a library close to Kew Gardens and also an enjoyable walk along the Thames. The venue itself had an informative and interesting display on the Cold War years which evoked many memories and made us realise what...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting The National Archives. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed our Cold War exhibition and hope you will be back soon to delve into our archives to make your own discoveries.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Cold War exhibition is well worth a visit. Growing up during this time I was barely aware of the situation with nuclear weapons and the soviet block. Although this is a small exhibition the information was easily digested and understood plus very informative. There...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the 5* review! We're pleased to hear how informative you found our Cold War exhibition - hope to see you at our 'Fall of the Wall' party on 1 November.

Reviewed July 20, 2019

I went to see the Cold War exhibition, which was a fascinating and educational visit. The exhibits were clearly laid out and the accompanying explanatory details easy to comprehend. I clearly remember this period of history, and the resulting paranoia and sense of doom that...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2019

Great to hear about your fascinating and educational visit to us, sixtenacre. We've passed on your lovely feedback to our exhibitions team! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 10, 2019

I was staying in the area overnight mainly to visit kew gardens, lovely walk from travelodge across kew bridge and along the river bank, you would miss building if you didn't know it's there, example of brutalist school in lovely grounds, enjoyed cold war exhibition...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2019

Thanks for leaving us a review Terry M - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Kew and The National Archives. Hopefully you'll come back again to explore the hidden treasures in our archives, or perhaps one of our events. See you...More

Reviewed July 5, 2019

Excellent facilities for research with very helpful staff. Restaurant and upstairs café provide a good selection of food and drinks.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

A wonderful day was spent here with my sister researching our dad’s regiment movements etc. very well organised and run. A very special place, and the ability to read original documents is humbling. Cafes could do with a perk up though as whole days can...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

I booked 2 tickets to attend a lecture delivered by 3 academics on Medieval Chivalry, William Marshall and Simon de Montfort. Firstly, the grounds and facilities of the National Archives are excellent. The coffee shop remained open before the event, and sandwiches, crisps and cakes...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Hi RebeccahShiloh, We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience at our William Marshal and Simon de Montfort event and that you enjoyed our beautiful grounds. Looking forward to welcoming you again for another intellectual weekday evening - perhaps even with a glass of...More

Reviewed May 17, 2019

Chose sweet potato, broccoli & stilton pie with chips. Cheap and £5.75 but quite tasteless. Not highly recommended.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Peter H
NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2019

Hi Peter H, I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your lunch, we will pass your feedback on to our caterers to help us improve our dining experience. The Marketing Team.

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

It was a really interesting couple of hours. Booking a talk was well worth it or I think we would have missed a lot of the exhibition. My daughter is studying the Cold War for GCSE history and I think it helped to make it...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Our first visit here. We booked a tour of the Protect and Serve exhibition and was taken around by the curator. Fascinating insight into the UK as it was in the Cold War. I am not sure this is especially a place for children. It...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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NationalArchives_UK, Marketing at The National Archives, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

Hi Eaters53, Thanks for the great review. We're so pleased to hear your first visit to us was fascinating and hope you'll be back soon. If you're after family-based activities at The National Archives, do bear in mind our extensive programme of family events or...More

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RatingDuo
August 30, 2019|
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Response from NationalArchives_UK | Property representative |
The National Archives welcomes visitors of all ages and is open Tuesday-Saturday (check our website for opening times), and every First Sunday of the month. Our free exhibition, café and grounds, where natural wildlife have... More
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January 14, 2016|
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Response from NationalArchives_UK | Property representative |
There is no entry cost to the National Archives and there are a number of free events and exhibitions throughout the year. Find out more on our What's On page on our website.
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