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.
Treasure Island

Storytelling: Treasure Island

  • 23 June 2018 7-8pm

Tim Ralphs is a storyteller and active exponent of narrative in art. His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition: the craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to life.

Tim Ralphs gained much acclaim at ‘The Young Storyteller of the Year’ competition in 2007, and was a British Award for Storytelling Excellence winner in 2012. He has performed everywhere from majestic Teutonic castle at Alden Biesen in Belgium, to the muddy Shropshire fields of The Festival at the Edge, to the sophisticated theatres of Soho and The Barbican. His audiences find him equally captivating whether they are partaking of some cake in a cafe, sitting spellbound around a fire in the woods, or dancing furiously while he lays down his words over a frenzy of experimental rock.

His stories are drawn from a rich medley of myth and folk tale, but also include live adaptations of absurd texts and wondrous re-imaginings of classic fairytale material in evocative urban settings. As an ambassador and advocate for storytelling, Tim’s repertoire reflects the need for the craft to appeal to today’s listeners and tomorrow’s tellers.

Taking place after normal opening hours in the museum’s War Gallery, and with a bar for evening drinks available, this promises to be a truly memorable experience.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7 per person. This event is suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-treasure-island-tickets-46281140136

Blackbeard

Legends: Blackbeard

  • 23 — 24 June 2018 10am-5pm

An action-packed themed weekend focussing on the notorious 18th-century English pirate who plundered the Caribbean seas. 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of his death.

Inspired by our global collection, the Legends event season explores mighty and mysterious warrior legends from cultures around the world through storytelling, performances, combat demonstrations, music, film and activities for all ages.

Legends Prize Draw Competition
Pick up your Legends sticker booklet, collect all the stickers and you could win a legendary prize.

Collect 5 different Legend stickers to enter the prize draw.

Prizes
1st prize: A Playmobil™ castle and ‘How to train your dragon’ playset
Runner up prizes: 10 x £15 Royal Armouries Museum shop vouchers

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, some activities may carry a small charge.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/legends-blackbeard/

100 Days to Peace

100 Days to Peace

  • 6 September 2018 7:30-10pm

Enjoy a gala evening of music and reflection presented by the Royal Armouries to mark the centenary of the last 100 days of the First World War. Sir Karl Jenkins will conduct The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The music will be performed against a backdrop of Hefin Owen's film of The Armed Man.

The event will also bring together Samuel Bordoli's The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There and a full supporting programme.

All proceeds from the event will go to three outstanding charities working to support military veterans facing mental health challenges: Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together – The Royal Foundation's Campaign and Mental Health Initiative.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Central Hall, Westminster
Storey's Gate
London
SW1H 9NH

Admission

Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Website

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/100-Days-To-Peace-tickets/artist/5255853

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.

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

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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