Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries
Museum
Armouries Drive
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 1LT
England

Website

www.royalarmouries.org

E-mail

enquiries@armouries.org.uk

Telephone

0113 220 1999

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Royal Armouries Museum Leeds
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Home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects.

Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier.

Discover treasures from around the globe - explore the Ottoman Empire, the Wild West, Europe, Japan and India.

Wonder at the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kinds of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in our newly refurbished Tournament Gallery.

With exciting Hands on History interactives you'll get closer to the action than ever before.

A fascinating FREE day out for the whole family.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10am – 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

Museum admission is free.

Getting there

Car - Directions from Transport Direct

The museum is well signposted on all major routes when close to Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo.
From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs.
From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs.

Bus - Directions from Transport Direct

The following bus services run from Leeds city centre to Royal Armouries:
Geldard Coaches – 28B
Yorkshire Tiger – 93
First Leeds – 28
Bus stops where you can catch one of these buses to the Royal Armouries (the number of the bus service is in brackets).

Leeds University – 5 – Outside Blackwell’s book shop (28, 93, 28B)
Albion Street – J6 – outside St. John’s Centre (28, 93, 28B)
Eastgate – G1 (28B)
Vicar Lane – M4 – opposite Victoria Quarter (28, 28B)
York Street – F5 – outside Leeds Bus/Coach Station (28, 28B)
Chadwick Street – A1 – 100 metres from museum entrance (28, 28B)
Liberty Dock – Student Halls of Residence – 350 metres from museum entrance (28, 93, 28B)

Boat
Clarence Dock is on the Aire/Calder Navigation and has a large number of berths for narrow boats and cruisers.

Bicycle
The museum stands on National Cycle Network Route 67.
Bicycle racks are provided close to the museum entrance.
Please ensure that your bicycle is properly locked at all times and valuables removed.
Free and secure bicycle storage is available at the nearby multi-storey car park.

The collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day. It includes royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars; British and foreign military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and MOD Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons, as well as an exceptional collection of oriental arms and armour.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
British soldiers in miniature featured on the Royal Armouries Siborne model.

WATERLOO 1815: Siborne Model - Conservation Live!

  • 1 March — 18 June 2015 *on now

Work on the Royal Armouries' exhibition WATERLOO 1815's other main feature runs from February to April with the conservation of Captain Siborne’s famous model of the Waterloo battlefield.

The model, which was completed in 1843, shows – in detail – the battlefield as it was at 1:30pm on 18 June 1815. It is more than five metres long and two metres wide, and it comes apart into ten sections. The battlefield is populated by more than 3,000 finely modelled and painted lead figures including soldiers, horses and artillery.

The model has been on display at the Royal Armouries since 1996. Now, in advance of the bicentenary of the battle, it is being dismantled and conserved piece by piece as part of a Conservation Live! programme.

Until May 1st 2015 museum visitors can meet the Conservator, discuss the restoration programme and watch conservation of the model taking place. At 11:00am and 2:00pm Monday-Friday visitors can attend talks with the Conservator, which is ticketed due to limited access, or simply drop in between 2:30-3:30pm.

For more information on how to take part please ring the Royal Armouries on 013 220 1999 or email enquiries@armouries.org.uk and visit our blog for more information via: http://blog.royalarmouries.org/category/conservation-live/

Suitable for

  • Any age
Royal Armouries museum in Leeds will be hosting a temporary exhibition 'The Art of Battle' for the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo.

WATERLOO 1815: The Art of Battle

  • 22 May — 23 August 2015

Royal Armouries Leeds will be marking the anniversary with a special exhibition of art and weapons.

Highlights of the exhibition are the rarely exhibited monumental ‘cartoon’ (12m x 3m) by Daniel Maclise on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts, and the magnificent painting ‘Scotland Forever!’ by Lady Elizabeth Butler from Leeds City of Art Gallery. Weapons and objects from the battlefield will be displayed alongside the artworks in a new interpretation of the events of 18 June 1815.

The exhibition will be followed by a permanent redisplay of the Royal Armouries’ Waterloo collection at its museum in Leeds from Autumn 2015.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

WATERLOO 1815: Conservation of Royal Armouries Waterloo cannon battery Tower of London

  • 18 June 2015

Installation of newly conserved battery of cannon from the battle of Waterloo which have been brought together for the first time for display at the Tower of London.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Royal Armouries Waterloo 1815 study day 'The Art of Battle'

WATERLOO 1815: The Art of Battle - Study Day 

  • 13 June 2015 9:30am-4:30pm

As part of our commemorations we will be hosting a Study Day to:
- Explore the significance of the battle both today and at the time
- Examine the arms and armour used at the battle
- Look at how weapons were depicted in contemporary art
- Re-examine the recently conserved Siborne model

Speakers include military historian and BBC correspondent Mark Urban

Please visit our website for further details or call 0113 220 1888.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Price: Adults: £30
Concessions: £25 (student or 60+)

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/calendar/2015-06-13/waterloo-1815-the-art-of-battle-study-day

WATERLOO 1815: Gun Firing

  • 21 June 2015

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of one of the great guns from the Royal Armouries’ national collection to mark the anniversary.

Uniformed gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire a 64-pounder rifled muzzle-loading gun from the ramparts of the 19th century fort, at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Where

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Scouting and Girl Guiding Activity Days

The Royal Armouries is hosting a series of action-packed days designed especially for groups of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
• Sessions last 60 minutes

How to obtain

0113 220 1888
educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Golden Wednesdays Art Workshops for Adults

These 90-minute adult art workshops will introduce you a variety of
inspiring and creative skills. Led by our specialist tutor, these
workshops are small, friendly and relaxed. All materials provided.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Golden Wednesdays Talks and Workshops for Adults

To welcome Henry VIII’s armours back to Leeds this summer after
a year on display in the Tower of London, we are hosting a series of
talks and workshops focusing on the Tudors.
These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the
significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to
handle some of our original and replica objects.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Guerilla Artists Family Art Workshops

Be inspired by objects in the collection to create your own immense
masterpiece. An ideal activity for groups of friends for that special day out.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Getting there

Car - Directions from Transport Direct

The museum is well signposted on all major routes when close to Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo.
From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs.
From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs.

Bus - Directions from Transport Direct

The following bus services run from Leeds city centre to Royal Armouries:
Geldard Coaches – 28B
Yorkshire Tiger – 93
First Leeds – 28
Bus stops where you can catch one of these buses to the Royal Armouries (the number of the bus service is in brackets).

Leeds University – 5 – Outside Blackwell’s book shop (28, 93, 28B)
Albion Street – J6 – outside St. John’s Centre (28, 93, 28B)
Eastgate – G1 (28B)
Vicar Lane – M4 – opposite Victoria Quarter (28, 28B)
York Street – F5 – outside Leeds Bus/Coach Station (28, 28B)
Chadwick Street – A1 – 100 metres from museum entrance (28, 28B)
Liberty Dock – Student Halls of Residence – 350 metres from museum entrance (28, 93, 28B)

Boat
Clarence Dock is on the Aire/Calder Navigation and has a large number of berths for narrow boats and cruisers.

Bicycle
The museum stands on National Cycle Network Route 67.
Bicycle racks are provided close to the museum entrance.
Please ensure that your bicycle is properly locked at all times and valuables removed.
Free and secure bicycle storage is available at the nearby multi-storey car park.

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