FAQ

Attending Antiques Roadshow

All you'll need to know about your visit to an Antiques Roadshow near you.

Admission is usually from 9.30am until 4.30pm, although we continue filming until 7.00pm. As long as you're in the queue by 4.30pm, we guarantee you will be seen by one of our experts.

Absolutely, we welcome as many people as possible to our valuation days where we film the programme. These take place between May and September every year at venues across the UK.

Admission to Antiques Roadshow is free, and the event is not ticketed – you just show up.

Unfortunately, queues are part of Antiques Roadshow thanks to its popularity, but we have a team of stewards and over 30 years' experience to help ensure that your day goes as smoothly as possible.

About 3,000 people attend each Antiques Roadshow valuation day. You'll need to queue for Reception, where you will be assigned a ticket to the team of experts you need to see (such as 'Books and Manuscripts' or 'Ceramics). If you've brought a selection of items, such as a necklace, a doll and a vase, you will need to queue to see different experts. If you are with family/friends, you could split up to see the experts separately.

Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your coat and umbrella.

We want to ensure that you have the best possible experience, so if you need any assistance or a chair please inform a steward.

Our Antiques Roadshow Tea Tent will be at most of our venues where you can buy food and drink. Our venues often have their own refreshment outlets, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Access can vary according to location. We try to put arrangements in place that make access for wheelchair users as straightforward as possible. Occasionally parking can be a distance from the valuation area. Do contact us if you have specific concerns or enquiries relating to access at an Antiques Roadshow you want to attend.

If you require a sign language interpreter, please contact us with 14 days notice.

You can email us at: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or telephone us on 0117 974 2395.

What a fantastic idea. We'd love to hear from you if you are bringing something special or have a story you would like to share.

Go to our Share your story page.

Be security aware. Do not put anything indicating your name or address, or any other personal details on show on your items or their packaging. Do not leave your bags unattended.

In some circumstances we can transport items to valuation days, and return them afterwards. To send us details of your item for consideration please fill in our online form:

Or write to us at:

  • Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Bristol, BS8 2LR

We would also need you to state which venue you would like to attend, your full address and contact number. Please include photographs with your letter and any further information you have about your item.

We suggest that you bring a small selection of items that you're most keen to find out about. Due to the volume of people at each Roadshow, an expert can only spend a certain amount of time with each visitor.

If you bring too many items it can hold up the queues and on busy days an expert may ask you to select only three or four items for appraisal.

We do not have specialists in the fields of stamps, coins, rugs, carpets or musical instruments. Our team may be able to suggest alternative sources for more detailed information.

At the time of filming we won't know when the programme will be broadcast. However, if you've been filmed you will be notified of the transmission date and whether or not you have been included in the final programme. Our latest transmission schedule is on our homepage.

Unfortunately we are not able to supply copies of the programme on request. The programme you are after, might be available on BBC Store.

Yes, you can watch the most recent episode of Antiques Roadshow again on BBC iPlayer for up to 30 days after transmission (UK only).

Antiques Roadshow experts can only give appraisals and valuations at Antiques Roadshows, not via email or post.

You can find details of local antiques dealers and auction houses in the UK on the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers or The British Antique Dealers' Association websites.

Please feel free to email us at antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk,

or write to:

Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Bristol BS8 2LR.

(Please note that because of the volume of emails we receive, if you contact us with a question that has been answered here you will not receive a personal reply.)

There is no restriction on the number of items you can bring for valuation but our experts will only be able to allocate a few minutes to each visitor so please bear that in mind when choosing what to bring.

Our experts are unable to make a valuation based on an image.

Yes, this is a family friendly event however, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For their safety, please keep children under control and with you at all times.

To help reunite children if they go missing wristbands will be offered by BBC Security at the entrance to our event or at the front of the visitor queue.