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.
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

Royal Armouries Summer

Action-Packed Armouries

  • 28 July — 2 September 2018 *on now

Come and discover the amazing swords in our collection, from ancient Roman and Viking weapons to bejeweled modern-day treasures.

Holiday activities will include demonstrations by skillful sword masters and makers, storytelling and hands on history sessions, plus have-a-go workshops.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. Some activities may carry a small charge.

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/summer-of-the-sword/

Buffalo Bill

Legends: Buffalo Bill

  • 25 — 27 August 2018

An action-packed themed weekend all about William Cody (1846 – 1917) – American scout, bison hunter and showman.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/legends-buffalo-bill/

Wild West Horse Show

Wild West Horse Show

  • 25 — 27 August 2018

Don’t miss Atkinson Action Horses in our boot-stomping, gun-slinging, stunt-riding Wild West spectacular.

Highlights of the show, by this crack team of TV and film dare-devils, include sharp-shooting, trick-riding, liberty displays, and a stage coach battle complete with horse-falls, stirrup drags and crazy horse to carriage transfers. Just like in the movies.

Book your tickets now

Show times: 12noon and 3pm
Adults £6
Children £3.50
Concessions £3.50
Family £15

Adult: ages 16 – 59 / Child: ages 3 – 15 / Under 3s free / Concessions: ages 60+, visitors with disabilities (free carer ticket available) / Family 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + up to 3 children / wheelchair spaces can be reserved

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £6
Children £3.50
Concessions £3.50
Family £15

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-west-horse-show-tickets-46754472887

Waterloo

Waterloo study day

  • 1 September 2018 10am-4:30pm

In partnership with the Waterloo Association.

Waterloo study day programme

10.15am – 11.15am
The war of the second battalions
Speaker: Carole Divall

One of the notable features of Wellington’s army in the Peninsula was the presence of a large number of junior battalions. In theory first battalions should have been the fighting units, so why were so many of them missing? This talk seeks to explain the function of senior and junior battalions in the period under discussion, explain why these functions were disrupted, and examine some of the notable actions performed by junior battalions.

11.15am – 11.35am Coffee break

11.35am – 12.35pm
With bayonet, sword and lance: the edged weapons of Waterloo.
Speaker: Henry Yallop, Keeper of Armour ad Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries

The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw huge amounts of edged weapons in use by all armies and arms. Often of standardised nature and sometimes even used in prescribed ways, this talk will focus on the Battle of Waterloo to identify the most usual types and forms of edged weapons vin the hands of the common soldiery during the period; how they were used and how effective they were.

12.35pm – 1.35pm Lunch

1.35pm – 2.05pm
The Siborne model and some Yorkshire connections
Speaker: Paul F. Brunyee

Private Christopher Ingham of the 95th Rifles was an Irishman with strong Yorkshire connections. This short talk will tell his story both within the model and beyond.

2.10pm – 3.10pm
Wellington’s manpower shortage of 1814
Speaker: Dr Andrew Bamford

By 1813, the British manpower system based on voluntary enlistment was beginning to be stretched thin. Wellington fought to keep every veteran soldier in the Peninsula, York sought to balance manpower demands across the globe, and politicians continued to open up new fronts that stretched the Army even further. This talk explores the rights and wrongs of each position, the solutions proposed and implemented, and how the stresses of the final 18 months of hostilities nearly pushed the system to breaking point.

3.15pm – 4.15pm
The Napoleonic services of Field-Marshal John Burgoyne RE.
Speaker: Dr Mark Thompson

Burgoyne served from 1800 to 1815 in Europe, Egypt and America with almost no breaks. He was known to John Moore and Thomas Graham before coming to the notice of Wellington, who had great regard for his competence. Burgoyne was in the Peninsula from 1808 through to 1814 and was present at many of the major actions. Like many officers of the period he had strong opinions on what he witnessed, and his papers give an insight into the man and his often different views of events.

Tickets £5

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per person

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/waterloo-study-day/

Moon and Fire

Moon and fire

  • 15 September 2018 5-7pm

Join award-winning storyteller Peter Chand for an imaginative, thoughtful and lively set of stories from his motherland – India.

Tales will include the legend of Arjuna, a central character in the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata, and renowned as the greatest archer. Peter will recount the part the gods played in helping forge his supreme skills, how a cunning Krishna revealed a warrior’s weak spot, and a battle between the elements themselves for ultimate devotion.

Peter Chand is an award-winning international Storyteller, constantly in demand for his unique retelling of tales from his motherland, India. Peter has shared his stories across Britain and has also performed in Norway, France, Austria, Canada, and Singapore, amongst other countries. He grew up with Punjabi as his first language, and still visits family in the Punjab to collect folk tales, translating them into English and sharing them with audiences worldwide.

As well as touring extensively, he also shares his storytelling skills by leading workshops with teachers, librarians, budding storytellers, and anyone trying to find their voice and gain confidence when performing in public. Peter is also part of the organising team of Festival at the Edge, which is the oldest storytelling festival in England.

He has recently been honoured by being chosen as one of the 100 Masters, by Creative Black Country, which celebrates creativity and excellence within the many towns and cities which make up the Black Country region.

‘Peter transports the listener into his world with remarkable energy and great expression… I was spellbound’ Kim Normanton, Producer – BBC Radio Four

Tickets cost £7

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/moon-and-fire/

Arjuna

Legends: Arjuna

  • 15 — 16 September 2018 10am-5pm

An action-packed themed weekend spotlighting the skilled archer and hero of the Indian epic poem ‘The Mahabharata’.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event, some activities may carry a small charge.

Website

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

30 Years War

Britain and the Thirty Years War

  • 22 September 2018 9:30am-5:30pm

To mark the 400th anniversary of the start of the Thirty Years War, Royal Armouries is pleased to host Helion Publishing’s Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 annual conference.

A wide range of papers covering a variety of topics will offer a stimulating and informative environment, facilitating research and promoting interest in this most important and fascinating period. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Britain turned Germany’- the Thirty Years War and its impact on the British Isles, 1638-60.

Papers confirmed to date
Keynote speaker: Professor Steve Murdoch
Britain and the Thirty Years’ War: The evolution of a field of study

Arran Johnston
Leslie and the Scottish Officers in Swedish service

Simon Marsh
Scottish artillery

Andy Robertshaw
How English was the English Civil War?

David Flintham
European influences on siege works in the Civil Wars

Keith Dowen
17th century British and European drill manuals

Stephen Ede Borrett
The influence of the Military Flags of the Thirty Years War on English Vexillology 1640-1651

Tickets
£30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£30 per person

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/thirty-years-war-conference/

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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