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Opening times

Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE

Tel: 01772 533039 Email:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
We are open until 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday We are open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm.

Please note:

  • We stop producing archives from the strong rooms half an hour before closing time.
  • We ask that you return any archives to the issue desk ten minutes before closing time.
  • We ask that when you arrive you leave coats, bags, folders and all personal belongings in one of the lockers provided

Holiday closures

We are closed on all English Bank Holidays including additional days at Christmas and New Year.

Additional days:


  • Closed - Friday 23rd December
  • Closed - Tuesday 26th December
  • Closed - Wednesday 27th December


  • Closed - Tuesday 2nd January


The archive searchroom is at first floor level. Unfortunately our public lift is currently out of order but we are able to make alternative arrangements. Please contact us and we will do everything possible to facilitate your visit. An accessible toilet is available.

Car parking

There is limited visitor parking, including disabled spaces, at Lancashire Archives. Visitors may prefer to use one of the park and ride services. The park and ride buses stop near Preston railway station. Car parks in Preston.


By train Preston station, on the West Coast main line, is 5 minutes' walk from Lancashire Archives.

By bus - local and long-distance buses stop near the railway station or at Preston bus station, some 15 minutes' walk from Lancashire Archives.