Opening times

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

Collect your pre-registered reader’s ticket or apply on site for one between 09:00 and 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

Day Reading room opening times Document ordering times Phone opening times
Monday Closed Closed 09:00 – 17:00
(switchboard service only)
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00* 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00* 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Friday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 09:00 – 17:00**
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00 Closed
Sunday Closed Closed Closed

*Please note that the Research and Enquiries Desks will close at 17:00.

**Please note that advanced records and research advice is only available between 11:00 – 15:00.

Closure dates All dates listed are inclusive
Christmas 2018 Monday 24 December to Wednesday 26 December
New Year’s Day 2019 Tuesday 1 January
Easter Friday 19 to Monday 22 April (closing at 17:00 on Thursday 18 April)
May Bank Holiday Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May
Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May
Summer Bank Holiday Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August
Christmas Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 December
New Year’s Day 2020 Wednesday 1 January

Restaurant, cafe, The Keeper’s Gallery and bookshop

Our bookshop is open from 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday. You can also browse and purchase books from our online bookshop.

Day Restaurant Cafe
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 18:30
Wednesday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 16:45
Thursday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 18:30 (until 20:30 during May and June 2018)
Friday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
08:00 – 16:45
Saturday Breakfast: 08:30 – 10:30
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
08:30 – 16:00
Sunday Closed Closed

Car park

Day Car park hours
Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00 (until 21:00 during May and June 2018)
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 08:30 – 20:00
Sunday Closed

Parking outside these hours will incur a penalty charge of £100.

The visitor car park hours will be extended to accommodate out-of-hours events.