Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
West Yorkshire
LS10 1LT




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08700 344 344


0113 220 1955

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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.

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Opening hours

Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Admission charges

Museum admission is free.

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, Weapons and War

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

They That are Left

  • 11 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

Portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012.

This exhibition is the result of a ten-year project photographing war veterans each Remembrance Sunday following the Cenotaph ceremony, from 2002 to 2012.

“...They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them…”
‘The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon
(First published in The Times, 21 September 1914)

Each year they are older, and as they do indeed grow old, as age does weary them and as the years do now condemn them, more to what they still remember than to our truly remembering what they fought for (which is very simple: us), they thus become unknown.

These faces then are as of unknown soldiers: no cap badges, no ribbons of spooling medals, and no insignia for military rank. Faces, only. Each deep-etched with who they are and what they did, that we might look, and think – and thank them.

The project consists of 100 portraits, which will be on display at the Royal Armouries Museum Leeds, from November 2014 to March 2015, as part of our First World War Centenary commemorations.

This exhibition will transfer to Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth in April.

Suitable for

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


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

Tel: 0113 220 1888

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

Tel: 0113 220 1888

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

Tel: 0113 220 1888

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