Gloucestershire Archives

Location is one of our strengths as the saying goes ‘if you got it then flaunt it’.

Gloucestershire Archives

The Gloucestershire Archives and the Gloucestershire Family History Centre is five minutes’ walk or so from The Edward Hotel. These are the main source of records for the county. We are used to visitors to both the Archives and Family History Centre, being in an ideal location, and consistently hear of the helpful staff that goes an extra mile to help.

If you are planning to stay at The Edward Hotel and are visiting these resource centres then you are most welcome to take advantage of our car park. You can arrive as early as you wish and walk to Alvin Street, just pop in and let us know that you have left your car here. If the room is already available then we will check you in straight away. Likewise on the day of departure you can leave your car as long as you like.

Entrance to the Archives is free but please note that they rely on donations to keep these records available to us all. Gloucestershire Archives is close to the city centre, and the bus and rail stations. Parking is available there at £3.00p per day, free to Blue Badge holders.

The Archives are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Both places open at On the remaining days and close at 5.00pm except \Thursdays at 18.30 and Saturday at 1.30. At Easter and Xmas there are altered opening hours so check before you visit. Both places close on public holidays.

To look at original documents on a Saturday then you have to book in advance. On any day the last time that you can access stored documents is one hour before closing.

There are lockers available for bags and coats, a lounge area with coffee machine. The microfilm and microfiche readers are available to use free of charge as are the public computers with internet access.

If this is your first visit then you will have to register, check to see what means of identity is required before you arrive. Those already registered just have to log in on arrival.

Before you set out it would be sensible to check the online catalogue to source documents you require. Pre ordering saves a lot of valuable time