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16 April

The launch of The National Archives' car park pre-pay and booking system, originally planned for 27 April, will be delayed by a short period of time. We hope to announce the revised launch date shortly, so please bookmark this page and check back before your next visit. We will give at least four weeks' notice before the new car parking system is introduced.
In the past, the car park has been free for visitors. However, it was decided to introduce charges because of the need to recover the maintenance and operational costs of providing a car park and to better manage demand. We are introducing a system which will require visitors who would like to park in the car park to pre-pay and book a parking space, via a dedicated telephone line or website. On site parking at The National Archives is limited and the car park is frequently full, and this system will ensure that no-one will drive to the site only to find that the car park is full.

There will be a flat-rate charge of £5 per day. Annual pre-pay tickets, offering a substantial discount, will also be available. Visitors who drive to The National Archives without having booked and paid for a space will not be able to access the car park.

For full details, please read our car parking FAQs (PDF, 0.03Mb)

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