Gloucestershire Archives

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3DW
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Gloucestershire Archives preserves historical records and makes them available for research e.g. family, house and local history. Collections are listed in an online catalogue. Document pre-ordering and an enquiries service are available.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop available at Reception.
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Next to coffee lounge.


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Coffe lounge with drinks vending machine.

Establishment Features

  • Open all year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge) - £2.50 flat charge, free for Blue Badge Holders

Payment Methods

  • Free Entry

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Heritage Open Days
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Guided Tours of the search room on Wednesdays, pre booking essential (staff levels permitting)

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the North: Leave Junction 11 of the M5 and follow signs to Gloucester (A40). At the Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A38 and at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A430. Turn left onto Alvin Street and right into Clarence Row.From the South: Leave Junction 12 of the M5 and immediately follow the signs to Gloucester. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At Waterwell’s roundabout take the first exit. At the major traffic lights turn right onto Cole Avenue (A38). At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Finlay Road (A38). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Eastern Avenue and at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (Eastern Avenue). At the traffic lights turn left onto Metz Way. At the traffic lights turn left on to Bruton Way. Continue forwards at the cross road and at the next traffic lights turn right on to London Road. Turn Left on to Alvin Street and Left in to Clarence Row.

Public Transport Directions

The Gloucestershire Archives is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Bus and Train Station. Turn right out of the Train Station on to Bruton Way and left on to Bruton Way from the Bus Station. At the traffic lights turn right on to London Road and take the first left on to Alvin Street and then left in to Clarence Row.


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020

Opening Times

Opening Hours (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Tuesday - Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday - SundayClosed

* Gloucestershire Archives is open the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Opening hours may vary over the Christmas and New Year period. Please check website for further details.

All customers must register on arrival at reception and show ID with signature and address (this is due to the duty of care to the documents).
Please note: The last trip to fetch documents from our storage areas occurs one hour before closing time each day.

To look at original documents on a Saturday, please order them in advance.

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