Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London

Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London
HM Tower of London
City of London



020 3166 6660

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The Royal Armouries is located in the White Tower, the central keep of the Tower of London, which is its historical home.

The Armouries is one of the ancient institutions of the Tower of London. Its origins may be traced back to the working armoury of the medieval kings of England.

The first recorded paying visitor to the Armouries was in 1545 when a visiting foreign dignitary viewed the personal armoury of Henry VIII in the White Tower.

The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 saw the establishment of two permanent public displays: the Line of Kings and the Spanish Armoury.

All these displays can still be seen in the White Tower, along with more modern weapons and armours. Our latest exhibit is Hands on History which is a series of interactive displays on the top floor of the White Tower.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Summer (Mar – Oct)
Sun & Mon: 10am – 5pm
Tue to Sat: 9am – 5pm
Last admission 4pm

Winter (Nov – Feb)
Sun & Mon: 10am – 4pm
Tue to Sat : 9am – 4pm
Last admission 4pm

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

Admission to the Royal Armouries in the White Tower is free, however, a ticket must be purchsed for entry to the Tower of London.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Tower at War 1914-18: Foreman Buckingham goes to War

  • 5 September 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now

A showcase in the White Tower will be dedicated to telling the story of the Tower and its people during the First World War, with content updated annually and including extracts from the contemporary Tower Minute book detailing the daily activities on site. This year (2014) will focus on the tragic story of William Buckingham, Armouries’ foreman and keen volunteer artilleryman, who on the outbreak of the war, enlisted with the rank of Battery Sergeant Major in the Royal Field Artillery and journeyed north to Peterborough to train new recruits.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+


Admission charges for Tower of London will apply.