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.
Warrior Women

Warrior Women

  • 13 — 21 February 2018 *on now

Find out more about the remarkable women who battled their way into the history books in a half-term holiday event packed with performances and displays.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free but some activities may carry a small charge.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2018-02-13/warrior-women

Tournament Training

Tournament Training

  • 24 — 25 March 2018 12-3pm

Saturday 24 March & Sunday 25 March
Training sessions at a 12noon & 3pm

Watch the Royal Armouries’ team of knights as they practice in our purpose-built outdoor tiltyard. They will be honing their tournament skills in preparation for our international Easter Tournament (Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April).

Royal Armouries’ resident knight Andy Deane and ‘sister-in-arms’ Nicky Willis will be taking on some of the best jousters in the world over Easter so these training sessions will be full-on, and will give you a real sense of what it takes to compete at international level in this extreme sport. Come and lend them your support as they prepare to go up against teams from France, Poland and Australia.

There will be a chance to meet the tournament team and the horses after the training session.

Tickets:
• Adult £7
• Concessions £5
• Family: £20

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets:
• Adult £7
• Concessions £5
• Family: £20

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2018-03-24/tournament-training

Meet the Team

Knight Time

  • 24 — 25 March 2018 10am-5pm

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March
Sessions start at 9.00am and 12noon
Come and meet the Royal Armouries’ team of knights who will be competing in the Easter Tournament.

In these fun-filled interactive sessions children will get the chance meet our knights and their horses and find out what it takes to be a tournament champion.

There’ll be the chance to take a closer look at their armour and weapons, have a go at some crafts, then we’ll go outside to the stables to meet the horses and then into the tiltyard to watch our knights go through their tournament training, including jousting.

Knight Time sessions start at 9.00am or 12noon, followed by Tournament Training at 12noon and 3pm.

Knight Time activities will include:

• Choose your champion – get to know our team members
• Make a flag to cheer on your favourite knight
• Stable visit to meet the horses
• Watch our knights get kitted up in their armour
• Reserved seats to watch them train in the Tiltyard

Sessions are suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 1 adult per child)

Numbers per session are limited to 40 per session so book now

Ticket prices:
• Child: £20
• Accompanying adult: £5

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Ticket prices:
• Child: £20
• Accompanying adult: £5

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2018-03-24/knight-time

Easter Tournament

Easter Tournament 2018

  • 30 March — 2 April 2018

EASTER TOURNAMENT 2018
Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April 2018

Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds.

This Easter the Royal Armouries’ arena will resound to the clash of a live-action tournament, as internationally renowned knights from England, France, Poland and Australia battle for our prestigious trophies. It’s spectacular entertainment for all the family.

A sell-out in 2016 and 2017 – don’t miss this world-class jousting competition – book your tickets now.

Stay for the day
As well as two not-to-be-missed dangerously entertaining tournament shows, there will be an action-packed museum programme including tales of the tournament, arming the knight demonstrations, sword combat plus jolly jesters and wandering minstrels.

Easter Monday – Grand Final
The 12 noon show will be followed by the magnificent Parade of the Knights at 2.15pm and the Grand Final at 3pm.

Royal Armouries reserves the right to amend the programme without prior notification.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Good Friday, Saturday & Easter Sunday: Adult £10.50, Concession £6.25, Family £26, Carer Free

Easter Monday (Finale Day): Adult £14.50, Concession £10.50, Family £40, Carer Free

Family ticket is 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children. Under 3s go free and don't need a ticket. Age 16+ adult ticket required.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2018-03-30/easter-tournament-2018

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

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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