Visit Us

Visit our Permanent Exhibition

We'll be closed from Thursday 8th December for refurbishment. Our new-look exhibition opens in February 2023 - watch this space!

Contact the archive team: 

Our permanent exhibition showcases the best merchandise, documents, photos and film from over 135 years of Marks & Spencer.

Our usual opening hours are: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. We recommend visitors allow 1 hour for their visit.


Our building is fully accessible with level access throughout, accessible toilets and baby change facilities. For full details on our facilities and services please see our Accessibility Policy and Physical Access Statement

Our step-by-step Visual Story provides images and text to help you prepare for your visit to us.


For Families

Families are very welcome at the Archive, we have exhibition trails for all ages, dressing up and hands-on activities - have a go at weaving and fashion design. There's no need to book, drop in any time.

We have an accessible WC and baby-changing facilities, a picnic area and the exhibition is fully air-conditioned. 

Find us at LS2 9LP – free 4-hour on-street public parking on Woodsley Road (LS2 9LZ) and Bellevue Road (LS3 1DY) 

More fun nearby: Woodhouse Moor and playground (10 mins walk), Leeds City Museum (20 mins walk), Leeds Art Gallery and Central Library (25 mins walk) 

To reach us from Leeds City Centre                                                                      


On Foot

We are a 30 minute walk from the City Centre. Walk up Woodhouse Lane to reach the Parkinson Building on the University of Leeds Campus. With your back to the Parkinson Building steps, turn right and right again under the archway. From here we are easily signposted across campus to the crossroads at Moorland Road and Clarendon Road.

From there, turn left down Clarendon Road and we are the second turning on the right, into the Western Campus where you’ll see the Michael Marks Building ahead of you (we're opposite the Business School - the old Leeds Grammar School).

There are lots of campus maps dotted around the entrances to the University so it’s easy to find your way. Use these to check for directions and make sure you’re on course; we’re shown as the Michael Marks Building, on the Western Campus, no. 13 on the University's Campus Map.

By Train

Our nearest train station is Leeds City Station. We’re a 30 minute walk or just 5 minutes in a taxi. If you're walking, you can use the M&S Heritage Trail map by walking up Park Row from the station and joining the Heritage Trail at the corner of The Light, where Park Row meets The Headrow.

By Bus

You can get the No 56 bus from stop H on Eastgate, or stop K on Albion Street to the Leeds University Business School on Moorland Road. When you get off the bus, keep the Business School on your right and follow the road back towards Clarendon Road crossroads. Turn right at the crossroads and we are the second path on the right, into the Western Campus. Alternatively, you can get the No 1 bus from stop D on Bishopgate Street outside the train station, or stop L on Albion Street. Get off at the Parkinson Building and then simply follow the On Foot instructions above.

For current travel information please check before travelling.

By Car

We have parking spaces for Disabled Blue Badge holders. We can't offer parking for visitors unless they hold a Blue Badge. There are 4-hour limited parking spaces close to the Michael Marks Building at the eastern end of Woodsley Road and northern end of Belle Vue Road. Please note that there is no longer vehicle access from the eastern end of Woodsley Road to Belle Vue Road, access is now only possible from Clarendon Road. 

If you're using a Sat Nav, please enter the postcode LS2 9LP.

Click here for a more detailed guide to the University of Leeds campus


Add your comment...

tracy, wakefield
Wednesday 10 July
A shame only blue badge parking allowed, as although my mum doesn't qualify one, she would struggle to get there any other way (she's 82). Also, I can't accompany her, as it's only open during office hours.
The Archive Team, Leeds
Thursday 11 July
Hi Tracy, thanks for your comment. We have some weekend events coming up this Autumn, have a look at the What's On page for more details. It would be great to see you and your Mum here. If you could email us at we can give you more details and some information on alternative parking. Best wishes, The Archive Team
Jen Dening, Harrogate
Sunday 20 March
Do you have any woven ready made curtains, please?
Sharon Hirst, Drighlington
Monday 21 March
Do I need to book parking for blue badge holder visiting on Wed 23rd
Archive Team, Leeds
Tuesday 22 March
Hi Jen, we do have a couple of examples of curtains in the collection. You can search our Online Catalogue to find out what we have, just click on the tab at the top of the page and search for 'curtains'. Please do email us if you need any further help Best wishes, the Archive team.
Archive Team, Leeds
Tuesday 22 March
Hi Sharon, you don't need to book a Blue Badge parking space. Come to the barrier off Clarendon Road and press the buzzer, there are several Blue Badge spaces to choose from with two directly outside our building. If you need further details or we can help at all please send us an email at or call us on 02087182800. Looking forward to seeing you, the Archive team.
Mrs j edhouse , Basildon essex
Friday 23 September
I have a 1940 m/s green crocodile hand bag very good condition would u like it for your archives
Archive Team, Leeds
Tuesday 27 September
Hi Mrs Edhouse, Thank you for your offer of a donation. We'd like to hear more about your handbag - please could you email us at, with a photo if at all possible, and we'll be able to take it from there. Many thanks, the Archive team
Pennapa , Canada
Thursday 24 November
I would like you bring back Forest Fern again !