Getting here

Where are we?

The Society's address is 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. The Library is conveniently situated for use in conjunction with other London record repositories such as the London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library.

Charterhouse Buildings is a cul-de-sac at the junction of Goswell Road and Clerkenwell Road (between the Pret a Manger sandwich bar and Pizza Express). The junction is about 500 metres north of Barbican station and a little further from Farringdon and Old Street stations. The Society occupies the last building on the left in the cul-de-sac.

Travelling to the Society

Please note that there may be disruptions to Underground & Bus services at short notice -  especially check before travelling on Saturdays.

Up-to-the-minute status reports of the transport network in London can be obtained from Transport for London web site.

By underground

Barbican and Farringdon stations are on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Farringdon Station is also on the Thameslink line.

Old Street and Angel stations are on the Northern Line (City Branch)

St Paul's station is on the Central Line.
Please note long-term engineering works have occasionally been affecting services on the Circle Line.

On certain Saturdays, Old Street is the nearest Tube Station. Then by bus from Exit 3 (bus 55 or 243 to Goswell Road). Or on foot from Exit 3 or then on past St Luke's Church to the Goswell Road crossroads. Charterhouse Buildings is in a cul-de-sac at the junction of Goswell Road and Clerkenwell Road.

By bus

Buses 4, 55, 56, 153 and 243 stop nearby. View a Transport for London Bus spider map

By train

From Victoria, Paddington and Liverpool Street - take the Circle Line to Barbican Station.

From London Bridge Station - take the Thameslink service to Farringdon or the Northern Line to Moorgate, then the Circle Line to Barbican Station.

Parking at the SoG

Parking outside the SoG is restricted to loading only. There is some limited meter parking in Goswell Road.A Blue Badge holder may park for a maximum of 3 hours on Single the Yellow Lines. 

Check the Parkopedia website for details of Parking in EC1

Parking spaces might be obtained, if arriving early or on Saturdays, in nearby Charterhouse Square, Glasshouse Yard or behind the 'Hat and Feathers' Pub in Great Sutton Street.

Nearby Accommodation

If you are visitng the Society for more than one day, the following places provide accommodation in the vicinity:

Citadines London Barbican (serviced hotel-apartments, 2 minute walk)
7-21 Goswell Road EC1M 7AH    
Tel: 020 7 566 80 00

Thistle City Barbican (near the Barbican Centre 10 min walk)
120 Central Street EC1V 8DS
Tel: 0871 376 9004

Market View by Bridgestreet Apartments (near Charterhouse Street 10 minute walk)
15 West Smithfield EC1A 9HY    
Tel: 020 7792 2222


The Rookery (10 minute walk)
12 St Peters Lane
Cowcross Street EC1M 6DS
Tel: 020 7336 0931


Premier Inn – Angel Islington (25 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride)
18 Parkfield Street, Islington
Tel: 0871 527 8558


Less expensive options are taking a room in local university student accommodation, although these are subject to availability during term times:

London School of Economics – Roseberry Hall Residence (next door to old Family Records Centre at Myddleton Street, and also very near the London Metropolitan Archive (12 minute walk to SoG)
90 Roseberry Avenue EC1R 4TY
Tel: 020 7107 5850

There is also a discount hotel, EasyHotel,located at 80 Old Street EC1V 9AZ  (5 minute walk)
All bookings must be made online:

Opening hours & closures


Find out about the Society's regular open hours and planned closures

View opening hours

Preparing for your visit


Find out how to prepare for your visit to the library and get the most out of it.

Planning your visit

Contact The Society


Contact us by phone, email and post.

Contact us

Free library tours


Find out what we have in our unique library to help you with your research.

Details of free library tours



Need some help with your research? We offer help by phone, face-to-face or online.

Family history advice service

Visitor information


Find out information on

  • Getting here
  • Opening hours
  • Preparing for a visit
  • Library tours
  • Disabled access
  • Copying facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Visitor fees
  • Library rules
  • Open Access area

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Getting here


14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA

More about getting here

Opening hours


Find out the Society's regular opening hours  and planned closures.

View opening hours

Preparing for your visit


Find out how to prepare for your visit to the library and get the most out of it.

Planning your visit

Library tours


Find out what we have in our unique library to help you with your research.

Details of free library tours

Disabled access


Find out how the Society can help visitors with a disability

Information for disabled visitors

Copying facilities


Find out more about getting ptotocopies, printouts and digital images of items in the Society's collections.

Information on copying facilities



Details of where you can find refreshments on your visit.

Information about refreshments

Visitor fees


Members of the Society have free unlimited use of the library. Non-members are also welcome to visit on payment of a visitors fee.

Current visitor fees

Library rules


Come prepared by finding out what is allowed in the library

View library rules

Open Access area


Find out more about the Society's Open Access area in the bookshop, where you can view online records from Ancestry, FindMyPast, Family Relatives, Origins and Documents Online.

Open Access area information