Visit us

Kresen Kernow has now re-opened. Find out more about our new opening hours, how to book and read our frequently asked questions below. Our enquiries, research and copies services are still operating, see more on our copies and research page.

Visiting arrangements

We are currently open from Tuesday to Thursday by appointment only. Each day will be divided into two sessions, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. You are welcome to book for a maximum of two sessions per week. 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).

To comply with quarantine procedures, all archive material will need 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. Orders will need to be placed via email or over the phone. At present we cannot offer productions on demand.

We will be limiting the number of people in the archive and library spaces, so please don’t arrive too early for your session as we may not be able to let you in. Face coverings must be worn inside the building and hand sanitiser will be provided throughout. We have also implemented new cleaning procedures. Please do not book or visit Kresen Kernow if you, or anyone in your household, have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19). If you are unable to make your booked session, please do let us know.

For more detailed information about your visit and our new procedures, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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 dripping 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 charges here.

We have now reopened our exhibition areas (for anyone booked to come for research) and will be launching our new café soon. Please keep an eye on this webpage or on our social media for updates. We have also started some on-site school workshops, so will sometimes have schools using our education room. Do get in touch if you have any queries about schools being on-site during your research visit.

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, as well as links to online resources if you are unable to visit us. If you are interested in depositing archive material with us, you can find out more on our dedicated webpage.


The building is fully accessible, you can find out more about accessibility here. Toilets will be 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.