Visit our archives

If you are undertaking in-depth research on a topic related to our history, you may wish to visit us to consult our archives.

Our public searchroom

Our public searchroom is open by appointment only. Email us at or write to us at the address below if you would like to make an appointment, suggesting when you would like to visit. If you will be travelling a long distance we recommend that you make an appointment well in advance of your visit and before you arrange your travel.

Before your visit, we will ask for details of the records you wish to consult. You can gain an overview of the records we hold from this site, but you should also discuss your particular needs with us when you make your appointment.

We will ask you to complete an application for access form, agreeing to comply with our access and reading room regulations. On your first visit, you must also show photographic identification, such as a driving licence or passport, so that your application can be validated.

If you have any disabilities or special requirements, it may be helpful to notify us before your visit so that we can make any adjustments to meet your needs.

Facilities for researchers

A break room is available where facilities for making tea and coffee are provided. You will be required to leave any bags you have brought with you in a locker in this room.

The archive has facilities for disabled access including accessible parking, level access for wheelchair users, an accessible toilet and an adjustable height desk in the search room.

A library of bank histories, journals, directories and general reference books is available in the search room.

Please note that there is no Wi-Fi provision in the archives building. 

How to find us

Our address is NatWest Group Archives, 6 South Gyle Crescent Lane, Edinburgh, EH12 9EG. It is the last building at the end of South Gyle Crescent Lane.

By bus

Lothian Buses service numbers 12 and 400 - alight at 'Gyle Crescent Lane' stop, outside a large Royal Mail building called Tallents House.

Lothian Buses service numbers 21 and 22 - alight at 'South Gyle Mains' near to the Travelodge and Westgate Farm pub.

By train

Both South Gyle and Edinburgh Park stations are within 10-15 minutes' walk from NatWest Group Archives.

By tram

There is a tram stop at Edinburgh Park railway station, about 10 minutes' walk from NatWest Group Archives.

By car

Parking is available at the building by prior arrangement.