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Closing of the Archives to the Public

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and the well-being of readers and visitors, the Archive buildings (Swansea and Neath) will close to the public for an indefinite period from 19:00 Tuesday 17 March.

Visiting us

Visiting West Glamorgan Archives

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

Visiting us

We are located in Swansea Civic Centre, where you will find our archive searchroom, Family History Centre and shop. You are very welcome to drop in during our opening hours for advice and guidance, or to browse in our shop. Here is some information to help you plan your visit.

When we are open
Tuesday: 9.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
All bank holidays: CLOSED

If you are intending to use original archives, you will need to register for a reader's ticket.

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 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

Reader's ticket

How to get an archives card.

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