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Visiting Kresen Kernow

We are currently open to visitors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9.30am to 4pm. However, we will be closed on Thursday 2 June and Saturday 4 June 2022.

Research visitors still need to pre-book for the archive and pre-order documents, and we recommend booking for the library too, especially if you would like to use specific equipment or resources, or you are not sure what you would like to look at and need advice. Please see below for further details. If you just want to enjoy the building or browse the exhibitions and library, you can just turn up, there’s no need to book. Our café is usually open between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Unfortunately, our current cafe will be closing for good on 1 June, but we are working very hard on a replacement offer. We hope to have a new cafe up and running very soon – watch this space!

See our What’s on page for further details of our events, exhibitions and activities and whether any booking is required for events.

Please do continue to wear a face covering whilst you are at Kresen Kernow, unless you are exempt.

Research visitors

For research visits, each day is divided into two sessions, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Appointments can be booked by emailing or telephoning 01209 614430 (although please be aware that the phone will only be answered during the above hours).

All archive material needs to be pre-ordered, and orders must be received by 11am on the day before your visit. Please note, you can order up to eight items per session, and orders can be placed via email or over the phone. At present we cannot offer productions on demand.

We are still limiting the number of people in the archive and library spaces, and we request that face coverings are worn inside the building, unless you are exempt. Hand sanitiser is available throughout, and we have implemented new cleaning procedures. Please do not book or visit Kresen Kernow if you, or anyone in your household, have any Covid symptoms. If you are unable to make your booked session, please do let us know.

To access archives and rare books you will need to bring ID showing your name and address. To protect our collections, we don’t allow food or drink into the archive and library spaces and we only use pencils in the archive. There are lockers where you can store any belongings, as well as places to leave wet coats and umbrellas. You can bring cameras, but please note there is a charge for using them for photographing books and documents (including phone cameras). You can view our on site charges here.

If you are interested in bringing a school or other group to Kresen Kernow, please visit our Learning pages for more information.


If you would like to find out more about our collections, you can access our collections guides here, or search our catalogues using the large search bar above. We also have helpful guides to family and property history, and other popular subjects, as well as links to online resources if you are unable to visit us.

If you are interested in depositing archive material with us, please do contact us first. You can find out more on our dedicated webpage.


The building is fully accessible, you can find out more about accessibility here. Toilets are available, including our Changing Places toilet.  Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, and we recommend you bring and use your own devices such as tablets and laptops.

Getting here and parking

Kresen Kernow is situated on the edge of Redruth, just off the A30. We have six accessible parking spaces and limited free parking, but there are plenty of other car parks nearby.

We strongly support using public transport where possible. We are a fifteen minute walk from Redruth railway station (with direct trains to London Paddington), and a local bus stop is situated at Tesco Redruth, less than five minutes’ walk away. Several buses stop near Kresen Kernow, usually including Go Cornwall Bus number 46 and Hopley’s coach number 315, but we recommend checking current routes and timetables. Taxis operate from outside the railway station. A short walk along the stream leads directly to the town centre where there are a number of shops and cafes.