Visit us

Whether you want to pop in with your family, research your relatives, take part in an activity, or browse an exhibition, Kresen Kernow is the place for you. Everyone can visit us for free access to documents covering 850 years of Cornish history. We also offer tours, talks, school workshops, family events, training and much more. Visit our Learning pages to find out how to bring a school or group, or pop over to our What’s On page to find out about events or activities.

General visitors

Kresen Kernow is open from 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday (excluding bank holidays) and everyone is welcome to pop in and see what we have to offer. As well as the library and archive reading room, we have exhibitions, toilets – including Changing Places and baby changing facilities – and more. The building is fully accessible, you can find out more about accessibility here. Children and babies are very welcome at Kresen Kernow, but we do ask that you leave your furry friends at home (although assistance dogs are welcome). Wi-Fi is available throughout, and you are able to bring and use your own devices such as tablets and laptops.

Research visitors

Everyone is welcome to carry out research in our archive and library spaces and there’s no need to book ahead. However, if you know exactly what archive documents you would like to see on your visit, you can pre-order them here so they will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Up to 12 items can be pre-ordered and the deadline is 11am on the day before your visit. If you are less sure about what you’d like to see, you can email us at kresenkernow@cornwall.gov.uk, ask our staff during your visit, find out more about our collections here, or search our catalogues above.

To access archives and rare books you will need to bring some 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). View our charges here.

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, including First Kernow numbers 46 and 47, Williams Travel number 312 and Hopley’s coach numbers 215 and 315. 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.