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We are OPEN, but please note that advance booking is ESSENTIAL. Information about how the service works is on this page below. 


You can search our online catalogues here and contact us here.

Visiting us

Visiting West Glamorgan Archives

Information about where we are, when we are open and how the service works.

Visiting us

These are our opening hours:
Tuesday: 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Wednesday: 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Thursday: 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Friday: 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm

Prior booking is essential:
In order to keep everyone safe, we have introduced PDF Document a new set of procedures for making a visit (PDF, 240KB)Opens new window. Please read these carefully if you are intending to visit us. It is essential to book in advance and to book all the documents you want to see in advance too. Email us for more information.

There is a new readers' ticket:
Our old reader's ticket system has come to an end and you will need to apply for a new reader's ticket, the Archives Card. This gives you access to other archive services around the country. You can apply online and collect your ticket when you visit: find out how it works

Looking for a quick look-up or a copy of a map or document?
For a modest charge, we can help you without the need for a visit. Email us with your query and we will do our best to help you.

Where we are
West Glamorgan Archive Service,
Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road,
Swansea SA1 3SN

How to get to us
The railway station is about 15-20 minutes' walk away. The bus station is about 5-10 minutes' walk away; both are marked on the map. Both have taxi ranks if you do not wish to walk to the Civic Centre, and there are also buses from the railway station to the city centre. If you are coming by car, follow signs to the Civic Centre from Oystermouth Road. There is visitor parking on the east (ie the Marina) side of the building. There is also a separate parking area here for disabled visitors, the parking on the upper level providing a level access around the building to the front entrance.

Parking, eating and staying overnight
The Civic centre is well served by public transport and has a number of visitor parking spaces. Parking in the East Car Park is free for two hours (three for Blue Badge holders) and charges apply for any time over that. Charging information can be found under "Civic Centre (East Car Park)" here. More parking is available nearby in the Waterfront and Paxton Street car parks.

The Coastline café is in the Civic Centre foyer, where you can take a break from your research and admire the sea views. Public toilets (including a toilet for wheelchair users) and telephones are off the main foyer.

The Swansea Tourist Office can help you with accommodation if you need to stay overnight in Swansea. For further information, visit

Follow the links below for more information to help you plan your visit.

Using the searchroom

Some tips on what to expect

Information about what to expect when you visit the archives.


Accessibility information

The things you need to know before you visit West Glamorgan Archives.

Searchroom regulations

Searchroom regulations

All our researchers are asked to follow these rules. They are for the protection of the documents in our care.

Document handling

How to handle documents

We want you to enjoy using our archive collections and to help us look after and preserve them.

Reader's ticket

How to register for an Archives Card.

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