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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
In Memoriam, Royal Armouries Leeds

In Memoriam

  • 4 November 2016 — 30 April 2017 *on now

An exhibition inspired by family history research by museum staff into relatives who served in the First World War. This exhibition, on display at both Leeds and Fort Nelson, is an opportunity to pay tribute to long-lost relatives and to commemorate the sacrifices they made for us all.

Free admission.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2016-11-04/in-memoriam-an-inspired-by-exhibition

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.
General the Lord Dannatt

Boots on the Ground

  • 13 December 2016 6-7:30pm

Join us for a book signing and talk from former head of the British Army, Richard Dannatt, as he introduces his most recent book – Boots on the Ground: Britain and her army since 1945.

Lord Dannatt brings 40 years of military service to tell the story of how the British Army has shaped and been shaped by events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement in Boots on the Ground.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase, and Lord Dannatt will be available to sign them after his talk.

About the book

On Lüneberg Heath in 1945, the German High Command surrendered to Field Marshall Montgomery; in 2015, seventy years after this historic triumph, the last combat units of the British Army finally left their garrisons next to Lüneberg Heath.
Boots on the Ground is the story of those years, following the British Army against the backdrop of Britain’s shifting security and defence policies. From the decolonisation of India to the two interventions in Iraq, and, of course, Northern Ireland, the book tracks the key historical conflicts, big and small, of Britain’s transformation from a leading nation with some 2 million troops in 1945, to a significantly reduced place on the world stage and fewer than 82,000 troops in 2015. Despite this apparent de-escalation, at no point since WWII has Britain not had ‘boots on the ground’ – and with the current tensions in the Middle East, and the rise of terrorism, this situation is unlikely to change.

The author brings forty years of military service, including as Chief of the General Staff, to tell the fascinating story of how the British Army has shaped, and been shaped by, world events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement to the EU Referendum. Whether examining the fallout of empire in the insurgencies of Malaya, Kenya and Dhofar, the extraordinary battle for the Falklands, the long-standing conflict in Northern Ireland or Britain’s relationship with NATO and experience of fighting with – or for – America, Dannatt examines the complexity of a great British institution.

Admission

This event is FREE but booking is essential

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2016-12-13/boots-on-the-ground

Eastern Warriors, Royal Armouries Leeds

Eastern Warriors

  • 11 — 19 February 2017

Discover the history and rich cultural heritage of China this February half term, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Visitors can enjoy a packed programme of themed activities including storytelling, combat demonstrations, have-a-go martial arts, music and crafts.

Presentations and activities may include:

• The Terracotta Army
• The Ming sword
• The Boxer Rebellion
• Marco Polo
• Kublai Khan
• Mulan
• The Three Kingdoms
• Chinese bow demonstrations
• Martial arts performances
• Have-go-sessions
• Lion dancing
• Music
• Calligraphy and art workshops

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-02-11/eastern-warriors-china

Medieval Easter, Royal Armouries Leeds

Medieval Easter

  • 9 — 17 April 2017

Keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with a packed programme of medieval-themed events and activities at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Includes crafts, Knight School, storytelling, falconry displays and live combat demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-04-09/medieval-easter-2016

Tournament 2017, Royal Armouries Leeds

Tournament 2017

  • 14 — 17 April 2017

Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the greatest spectacles in Yorkshire in 2017 – authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds!

This Easter Bank Holiday, join us for all the pomp and pageantry of a true medieval tournament. The Royal Armouries’ tiltyard will resound to the thunder of hooves and the clash of lances on armour as internationally renowned knights battle for our coveted trophies.

Enjoy the thrills of the original extreme sport, meet the knights and horses, see how knights kit-up for the tournament and hear tales of medieval daring.

Inside the museum you’ll find some of the best tournament armours in the world, including those of King Henry VIII!

Booking essential, tickets on sale shortly via the website: https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-04-14/jousting-tournament-2017

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets will be available shortly via the website.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-04-14/jousting-tournament-2017

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.

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

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

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

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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