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.

The Keeper’s Gallery is closed until early May, while we install a new exhibition.

Day  Reading room opening times Document ordering times
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00* 09:30 – 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00* (until 21:00 during May and June 2018) 09:30 – 16:00
Friday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 09:30 – 16:00
Sunday Closed Closed

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

Closure dates All dates listed are inclusive
Easter Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April (closing at 17:00 on Thursday 29 March)
May Bank Holiday Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May
August Bank Holiday Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August
Christmas 2018 Saturday 22 December to Wednesday 26 December
New Year’s Day 2019 Tuesday 1 January 2019

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.