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.
Parliamentary Archives

Parliament and the First World War

  • 4 September — 16 December 2018 *on now

Through this fascinating exhibition, on loan from the Parliamentary Archives, you will be able to explore documents, paintings and objects which demonstrate the profound changes in Parliament and parliamentary democracy that occurred during the war years, as well as the relationship between Parliament and the war effort.

At the beginning of the war the House of Commons was made up exclusively of male MPs elected by a limited franchise, which excluded all women and roughly 40% of men from the electorate.  At the end of the war there was a massive extension of the franchise. Five million men and eight million women exercised their right to the vote for the first time in the December 1918 general election, and the first woman was elected to the House of Commons.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • Any age
First World War

Victoria Crosses

  • 27 October 2018 — 28 April 2019

In this season of remembrance we are proud to display three medals, awarded for ‘gallantry in the presence of the enemy’, and to highlight the stories of the recipients and their service to our country.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/victoria-crosses/

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.
Afternoon lecture series

Afternoon Lecture Series

  • 1 November 2018 3-4pm
  • 15 November 2018 3-4pm
  • 6 December 2018 3-4pm
  • 10 January 2019 3-4pm
  • 24 January 2019 3-4pm
  • 7 February 2019 3-4pm
  • 21 February 2019 3-4pm
  • 7 March 2019 3-4pm
  • 21 March 2019 3-4pm

As some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields, our curators and conservators will present an exciting range of talks on subjects as varied as the death of Richard III to the secrets behind the making of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org

Halloween at the Royal Armouries

Museum Ghost Hunt

  • 26 October 2018 5:30-8pm

A special Museums at Night family event.

The agents of F.A.R.T. need your help to stop Leeds being sucked into a cosmic worm-hole. Will you join the search party and save our city?
Judging by the number of ghosts, ghouls and witches that are swarming through the galleries our museum has become a hive of paranormal activity. This situation is only going to get worse unless our ghost hunting team can identify which object is the source and set up a containment field.

Join the Fantasm and Apparation Research Team today!

You must be between the ages of 5 and 12, and accompanied by an adult.

There are 2 interactive tours, starting at 5.30pm & 7pm
Tours last 60 minutes
Tickets: £5 per participant (1 free adult per child, extra adults £3.50)
Numbers are limited to 20 child places per tour
Tickets must be booked in advance

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £5 per participant (1 free adult per child, extra adults £3.50)

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghost-hunter-tours-tickets-49524549260

World Wars Week

World Wars week

  • 27 October — 4 November 2018

This October half term come and meet characters from both World Wars as they recount their experiences through dramatic performances, storytelling and combat demonstrations.

Outside on the square there’ll be a full-size Spitfire, the most famous plane of the Second World War, and assorted military vehicles.

We will also be joined by Warlord Games, who invite you to come and play some quick games of Bolt Action and Blood Red Skies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, some activities may carry a small charge.

From factory to frontline

From factory to frontline

  • 10 — 11 November 2018 10am-5pm

The story of a bullet, from its design and manufacture, through its journey in the supply chain, to its ultimate deployment on a First World War battlefield, told through live dramatic performances.

Performances throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/from-factory-to-frontline/

Storytelling

Performance storytelling: The legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill

  • 24 November 2018 5-6:30pm

The ways of the wild: The legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill
Performed by Maria Whatton and Sarah Matthews

Are you ready to learn the ways of the wild?

One of Ireland’s greatest legends will be brought vividly to life by the delightful duo of storyteller Maria Whatton and musician Sarah Matthews.

How many warriors does it take to create a champion? Two to be precise. Two warrior women who have courage enough to outwit an army and fly through fire. These are the caretakers of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, the Irish champion, who owes his skills and spirit to his mighty ‘Aunts’.

Have you the heart and stomach to be mesmerised by this magnificent adventure, then book your tickets now.

Tickets: £7

Commissioned for Festival at the Edge 2018, to celebrate England’s oldest storytelling festival’s 27th birthday, ‘The ways of the wild’ performed to sell out audiences.

‘Astoundingly beautiful. Joyful crafting of a compelling tale.’ Peter Chand, Director Festival at the Edge

‘A riveting fusion of story, song, music, imagination and emotion. The real deal, not to be missed.’ Liz Weir, Storyteller

‘Beautifully woven voices and images. An enchanting story.’ Kate Corkery, Storyteller and author

‘A thrill to see such heart in a story.’ Sef Townsend, Storyteller

‘An amazing show!’ Gary Cordingley, Illustrator

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/performance-storytelling/

Boudicca

Legends: Boudicca

  • 24 — 25 November 2018 10am-5pm

An action-packed themed weekend featuring a fierce Celtic Queen who challenged the Romans.

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, some activities may have a small charge.

Website

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

King Arthur

Legends: King Arthur

  • 29 — 31 December 2018

An action-packed themed weekend featuring the legendary leader of medieval myths and romances.

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, some activities may have a small charge.

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

http://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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