Royal Armouries

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

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.
Blood, Guts and Ghosts

Blood, Guts and Ghosts

  • 24 October — 1 November 2017

Horrible October half-term activities

Hear grisly, gory stories inspired by this most deadly collection.
Join our ghost hunters to save the museum from the forces of darkness.

Craft activities including pumpkin carving and ‘The Big Draw’ animation workshops.

Half-Term Activities Include:

The Ghost Hunters Tour
Meet the museums expert ghost hunters – they are on a mission to find the most haunted of the Royal Armouries’ exhibits and objects! Participants will be awarded a Halloween goody bag at the end of the tour.

Tours at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, on the 24th-27th October & 30th-31st October.

£3.50pp. Suitable for ages 5+ (lasts approx.20 minutes)
Limited places available, book a place at the museum reception

The Surgeon!
Join the surgeon as he performs gruesome operations to explain historic medical techniques.

Performances at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm, everyday.

Free. Not for the fainthearted, parental guidance recommended!

Pumpkin Carving
Visitors can come and carve their very own Halloween pumpkin inspired by the museums famous Horned Helmet.

Workshops at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, on the 26th-27th October & 30th-31st October.

£3.50pp. Suitable for ages 7+

Pumpkin Paper Crafts for Little Visitors
Visitors can decorate their own pumpkin to take home.

Workshops at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, on the 26th-27th October & 30th-31st October.

£2.50pp. Suitable for ages 3-6

The Big Draw: Living Lines – ‘Awful Animation’ with InspirEd
Visitors can design and draw their own gruesome, ghostly or ghastly story using flip books, thaumatropes or stop motion.

Drop-in workshops at 11am-4pm, on the 25th-27th October & 30th-31st October.

£3.50pp. Suitable for all ages

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Some activities may carry a small charge.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-10-24/blood-guts-and-ghosts

Flyer for What's My Afterlife

What's my Afterlife?

  • 27 October 2017 6-8:30pm

Part of the national Museums at Night festival

It’s a matter of life and death as you play our interactive family game show with a difference – which ancient god does our lost warrior soul belong to?

Our unfortunate contestant is a lost and troubled soul, who died in an untimely fashion and is now trapped trying to figure out where they belong. Time travel with our spirit guides and help discover which time period and ancient god our contestant belongs to.

Suitable for ages 6+ / parental supervision is required at all times
£5 per child / Adults free

Please note: Each adult can supervise up to 2 children. Due to event capacity only supervising adults may participate in the game show. Additional adults are not permitted to attend.

Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Suitable for ages 6+ / parental supervision is required at all times
£5 per child / Adults free

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-10-27/whats-my-afterlife

Zombie Killing Lecture

The Science of Zombie Killing

  • 30 October 2017 6:30-7:30pm

What’s the best way to kill a zombie?
Monday 30th October
6.30pm – 7.30pm
£5. Booking Essential – see below.

Speaker
Interactive talk: Jonathan Ferguson – Curator of Firearms, Royal Armouries

What’s the best way to kill a Zombie? Remove the head or destroy the brain?

Films, TV shows, comic books and video games have shown us many different ways to defend ourselves in the event of an outbreak of the living dead.

In the search for definitive answers to this most crucial of questions, real weapons, real history, and real forensic science can teach us all we need to know on the subject.

Join Royal Armouries’ Curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson to find out what you really should arm yourself with if the Zombie apocalypse happens this Halloween!

Warning: This is an interactive talk and will include a live demonstration using realistic zombie heads (18+ only)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £5 per person.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-10-30/talk-the-science-of-zombie-killing-1

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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