Royal Armouries Museum

royal armouries museum


A twenty-minute walk, or a short voyage on the water taxi, from Leeds city centre will bring you to Leeds Dock, the centrepiece of which is the Royal Armouries Museum. Purpose-built to house the national collection of arms and armour, originally located at the Tower of London, it’s a modern take on a medieval fortress in grey brick, with an imposing entrance and an impressive glass tower. This Hall of Steel contains an extensive display of arms and armour, around which twists an octagonal spiral staircase, with great views over the canal and city rooftops.

This is one of the best museums of its type in the world, and its galleries contain amazing displays of weapons for war, tournament and self-defence, as well as artifacts from popular culture, such as famous swords from The Lord of the Rings and an original Pulse Rifle from the Alien films.

A few highlights of the collection include the Lion Armour, the tournament armours of King Henry VIII, and an Indian elephant armour – the heaviest in the world, but with over 8,500 objects on display you’re bound to discover your own favourite treasures.

A daily programme of live interpretations, combat demonstrations, talks and tours really bring the collection to life and gives you the chance to get your hands on history.

There’s an action-packed annual events programme including themed-weekends, jousting tournaments and school holiday activities.

Monday – Closed*
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
*Open daily school and bank holidays

• Toilets
• Accessible toilets
• Changing Places toilet
• Baby change
• Lockers
• Shop
• Cafes
• Conference facilities
• Meeting rooms

Entry is FREE.


Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT
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