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.
First World War

Victoria Crosses

  • 27 October 2018 — 28 April 2019 *on now

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.
knights

A day of knights

  • 14 April 2019 12-4pm

Come and spend half a day with the Royal Armouries team of knights as they prepare for our big Easter Tournament. Your experience will include seeing how they get kitted out in their armour, stable tours to meet the horses, and a ringside seat at the 3pm training joust.

Suitable for ages 6-12

Tickets £20 per child
Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times (Maximum of 2 accompanying adults per child / free)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 per child

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/a-day-of-knights/

Afternoon lecture series

Afternoon Lecture Series

  • 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

Signed talks and performances

BSL Signed Talks and Performances

  • 17 March 2019 10am-5pm

On Sunday 10th February and 17th March, the museum will be giving signed talks and performances with a British Sign Language Interpreter.

The full daily schedule for each day can be found on the Royal Armouries website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/

War Games

War games

  • 13 — 24 February 2019 *on now

This half term we’re going to be fighting some pretty big battles. Come and have a go at strategic war games old and new and discover how the museum’s collections have influenced video game design.

There’ll be hi-tech on-screen games and more traditional board games to play, as well as a packed programme of combat demonstrations, talks, have-a-go sessions and dramatic performances.

We’ll also be joined by specialist companies and clubs from the world of gaming.

Programme
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February
War gaming demonstrations by Leeds Wargames Club.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Take part in a cyber mission designed by Krash Labs and play Minecraft.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February
Try out some exciting board games with Cards or Die.

Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February
Explore the world of historical and sci-fi scale model gaming with Warlord Games and Paper Soldiers (Sat only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/war-games/

Medieval Easter

Medieval Easter

  • 30 March — 14 April 2019

Keep the whole family entertained this Easter Holidays at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds with an action-packed programme of medieval-themed events and activities.

From the 30th March – 14th April the museum will be packed with activities for all ages, including medieval sword schools for little warriors, have-a-go archery, daily storytelling performances, and live combat demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/medieval-easter/

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses weekend

  • 6 — 7 April 2019 10am-5pm

Experience life in a battlefield encampment, meet medieval crafts people, get your hands on history, have a go at archery and witness pitched battles as we decipher the background of this bloody conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/wars-of-the-roses-weekend/

tournament

Tournament training

  • 13 — 14 April 2019 12-4pm

Watch our knights training for the Easter tournament.

Tiltyard training sessions at 12noon and 3pm each day

Tickets
Adults: £5
Concessions (children 3-15 / 60+ / visitors with disabilities / wheelchair users): £3.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children / 1 adult + 3 children) £15
Carer (1 free ticket per visitor with disabilities ticket purchased) Free

Buy your tickets online now

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £5
Concessions (children 3-15 / 60+ / visitors with disabilities / wheelchair users): £3.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children / 1 adult + 3 children) £15
Carer (1 free ticket per visitor with disabilities ticket purchased) Free

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/event/tournament-training/

Tournament

International tournament 2019

  • 19 — 22 April 2019

One of the greatest spectacles in Yorkshire – authentic jousting in the heart of Leeds. Join us as the tiltyard resounds to the thunder of hooves and the crack of lance on armour as international teams of knights battle for honour and trophies.

A sell-out in 2018 don’t miss out – book your early bird tickets today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-tournament-2019-tickets-49645012569

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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