image - Adventures at the Archives this summer

Explore a national treasure right on your doorstep which is free and open to all ages with a lot to be experienced at the National Archives this summer! Explore fascinating exhibitions, family adventures and original documents from their extensive collections.

As well as exciting summer activities, there is plenty more waiting to be discovered. Visit the peaceful parks and ponds, relax in the garden with delicious treats from summer catering partner Maids of Honour and browse our curated selection of gifts and books in the shop.

The Pickles Mission, for 8 to 12 years is calling all secret agents… the Ministry of Time Travel needs you!

You can investigate the past, crack the code and complete the mission for a handsome reward.

Book a place on The Pickles Mission

The Pickles Mission is an interactive experience that requires the use of an adult’s smartphone. You will be instructed to arrive at The National Archives on your selected date and will be sent your top-secret starting location and further instructions.

Archives Nature Trail for 5 to 7 year olds. Come and experience the family-friendly nature trail and see what wildlife you can discover while exploring our park. Along the way, try to solve the mystery of The National Archives building.

The Archives Nature Trail is a brilliant way to discover our wonderful grounds with fun activities along the way to keep little explorers entertained.

Visit the Reading Rooms which are free and open to all who are interested in research and contains one of the largest and most significant archival collections in the world.

Find out more about these and many more activities at the National Archives this summer.