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Visiting Kresen Kernow

We are currently open for pre-booked exhibition and research visits only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Exhibition visitors

More information about our new Out of the Ordinary exhibition is available on this page. Tickets are available at half hourly intervals and must be pre-booked. We recommend that face coverings are worn during your visit. Our new café is also usually open for exhibition ticket holders (between 9.30am and 2pm).

Research visitors

For research visits, each day is 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 kresenkernow@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 01209 614430 (although please be aware that the phone will only be answered during the above hours).

All archive material must 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 are 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. We recommend that face coverings are worn inside the building. 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.

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 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.

Our new café is usually open for research visitors (between 9.30am-2pm) and our new exhibition is open for booking. We have also started some on-site school  and group visits, so will sometimes have groups using our learning rooms and enjoying tours of the building. You can find out about public events and activities on our What’s On page.

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

Collections

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.

Facilities

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.