Visiting the Record Office

County Record Office exteriorAdmission is FREE and there’s no need to book. Here you will find all the information you need to plan your visit to the Record Office. We’ve produced this handy  PDF checklist to help you plan your visit.

How to find us


Due to coronavirus Warwickshire County Record Office will be closed from 16:00 today (Friday 20th March 2020) until further notice.

We will continue to offer a limited remote enquiry service. If you have an enquiry, please email Whilst the record office is closed to the public, staff will be working on collections based tasks and to improve remote access to our collections and services.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

Admission and accessibility

  • There is no admission charge and you do not need to book an appointment.
  • Accessibility: Our searchroom is in a building with a range of accessibility features. Click here for accessibility information for the Record Office.
  • Our searchroom remains available throughout our opening hours.
  • We are not able to produce documents from the strongrooms between 12-2.15pm

Winter closures

The record office closes for two weeks each winter  to allow staff to work on a number of projects aimed at improving access to our collections. For information on our closure work, you can read our previous reports

Collections week 2019
Collections week 2018

CARN reader’s ticket

We are members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket scheme. These tickets are accepted at many different record offices.

If you don’t have a CARN ticket we can issue one to you. Please bring identification showing your name, address and signature.

  • A driving licence would be ideal,
  • A combination of documents covering these requirements is acceptable.

Research advice

Searchroom staff including professionally-qualified archivists are available during our opening hours to help you with your research.

If you would like an introduction to using the record office, please book a tour with a record office volunteer.

Services and facilities


For details of the services we offer, including ordering documents in advance and use of cameras and laptops in the searchroom, please see our searchroom services.


We have a shop stocking books, conservation supplies and gifts. Our quality second hand bookshop, Priory Books, stocks fiction and non-fiction books.

Reader’s Tea Room

We have a tea room for readers where you can buy a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks. We also have three public PCs in the tea room which can be used without a CARN ticket. These have access to subscription sites such as Ancestry and Midland’s Historical Data.

Toilets are available on the premises.