Visit Us

Visit our Permanent Exhibition

You can contact the archive team on and 0208 7182800.


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


To reach us from Leeds City Centre                                                                      


On Foot

We are a 5-10 minute walk through the University of Leeds campus from the Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane. 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 G6 on Eastgate or stop L2 on Woodhouse Lane 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 Z1 on Bishopgate Street outside the train station, or stop J3 on Woodhouse Lane. 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.

Free weekend parking is available for our visitors on the Western Campus. The entrance is off Clarendon Road, just press the buzzer at the barrier and say you have come to visit the M&S Company Archive. Please note we are only open on weekends for special events – please check our What’s On page.

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