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Visiting West Glamorgan Archives

Our opening hours, location and all the other information you need to plan your visit

Front view of Swansea Civic CentreThese 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 a new set of procedures for making a visit [412KB] . 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 register for a reader's ticket.

Family history

We offer access on computer to the popular family history websites, including Ancestry and Find My Past. This is available on Thursdays and Fridays: advance booking is essential and numbers are strictly limited. Please note that due to the need to maintain social distance, we are not able to offer one-to-one support with using a computer.

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
Phone 01792 636589

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 on the Civic Centre East visitors car park page. More parking is available nearby in the Waterfront and Paxton Street car parks.

The Coastline cafe 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.

Some tips on what to expect

Information about what to expect when you visit the archives.

Archives accessibility information

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

Readers' tickets

How to get an archives card.

Searchroom regulations

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

How to handle documents

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