Visitor information

The National Archives no longer requires a pre-booked appointment. We are open to all with a valid reader’s ticket.

Plan your visit

The National Archives is the official place of deposit for government records where members of the public can view original archives.

Our reading room is located on Bishop Street in Dublin City centre.

Using the reading room

The reading room is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 17.00 to members of the public in possession of a valid reader’s ticket. There is a closure for lunch between 1-2pm where visitors are required to vacate the reading room.

A Duty Archivist is available each day to provide advice to researchers and answer questions on our holdings.

Ordering archives in advance

Researchers wishing to consult archives held off-site only may order the material in advance.

Obtain copies of archives

A copy ordering service is available to members of the public who require certified copies for legal purposes or plain copies for information.


We receive regular and numerous requests to film documents and sometimes staff in situ, and we are usually able to facilitate this according to our policy.


Some answers to frequently asked questions.

Contact us / Find us

Further information on our location and contact details.