Royal Armouries Museums

There is always lots to see and do at the Royal Armouries.
Our museums are open every day and admission is free!

Opening times

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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There are 41 items tagged with ‘firearms

24 Pages

1. General Sir John Lefroy

A brief account of the life and work of General Sir John Lefroy (1817-1890)

2. English Civil War carbine

An analytical project to determine what previous repairs had been carried out and hidden on this carbine.

3. Screw threads as indicators of date

An analytical project to determine the authenticity of an object.

4. 16th Century

16th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

5. 17th Century

17th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

6. 18th Century

18th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

7. 19th Century

19th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

8. Impact

Impact display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

9. Self-defence

Self-defence display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

10. Civil Forces

Civil forces display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

11. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

12. Hunting Gallery

The Hunting gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

13. Firearms

Simple firearms appeared in Europe in the early 14th century, but they were noisy, smoky and inaccurate and therefore not very suitable for hunting.

14. Hands on history seminars

This series of seminars will give you an opportunity to experience first hand some of the finest objects from the Royal Armouries great collections.

15. Peter Smithurst

Peter Smithurst is Curator Emeritus of Historical Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

16. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

17. Collection

The Royal Armouries collection consists of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day, fine and decorative arts, a special collection of material relating to the history of the Tower of London, a library and archives.

18. Cast iron Tudor firearms

An analytical project to determine how a previously unknown firearm found on board the wreck of the Mary Rose was made.

19. National Firearms Centre

The NFC collection holds several thousand weapons and is arguably the most extensive and varied of its type in the world. The collection is available to be inspected by academics and researchers who have a need to study their design and technical aspects.

20. Home

Royal Armouries – National Museum of Arms and Armour, keeper of Tower of London history, and the National Collection of Artillery. Museums in Leeds, West Yorkshire; Tower of London; and Fareham, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

21. Self Defence Gallery

Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

22. Glossary

Glossary of arms and armour and specialist terms related to the history of the museum and the Tower of London.

23. Guns of the 'Old Wild West'

Magnificent 7 – Seven weapons from the “Wild West”

24. About us

The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour for the United Kingdom. It is the oldest museum in the country and home to one of the great collections of arms and armour in the world.

16 Events

1. Firearms of the American Civil War Seminar

Learn about the development of small-arms in the United States during the first part of the 19th century.

2. Flashman Seminar

As a tribute to the author, George MacDonald Fraser, who died earlier this year, this seminar follows the career of Sir Harry Flashman VC.

3. Pistols and Revolvers Seminar

This seminar, led by Stuart Taylor, of the Historical Breechloading Small Arms Association.

4. Weapons of the World Wars

See and handle weapons from world war one and two.

5. Japanese Swords

Japanese Swords seminar.

6. LECTURE: HOW TO KILL A VAMPIRE

Discover the real story behind the mysterious vampire killing kits and explore the mythology of vampire slaying.

7. LECTURE: HOW TO KILL A VAMPIRE

Discover the real story behind the mysterious vampire killing kits and explore the mythology of vampire slaying.

8. LECTURE: HOW TO KILL A VAMPIRE

Discover the real story behind the mysterious vampire killing kits and explore the mythology of vampire slaying.

9. ROYAL ARMOURIES: IN FOCUS

An exhibition by Leeds Photographic Society presenting a unique insight into the Royal Armouries’ national collection of arms and armour.

10. LECTURE: PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER

Join Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms, and find out which pieces of sci-fi weapons technology have made it into the real world, and which remain in the realm of fantasy.

11. SEMINAR: ARMS AND ARMOUR OF THE WARS OF THE THREE KINGDOMS

A special all-day seminar on English Civil War including lectures on arms and armour of the seventeenth century, collections handling session and guided tours of the museum’s galleries.

12. SEMINAR - PIRACY AND CONFLICT

Explore the weapons used by pirates through history with curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson.

13. SEMINAR: WEAPONS AND THE MOVIES

Handle historic objects from our collection and weapons made by movie special effects team, WETA Workshop.

14. SEMINAR: WAR GAMING

Join our curators to handle a selection of real firearms and swords featured in classic and more recent games.

15. SEMINAR: GANGSTERS' PARADISE

Bank robbers, smugglers, public enemies and police corruption, discover the real weapons of criminals.

16. SEMINAR - Unusual and obscure arms and armour

Join our expert curatorial staff to learn about some of the more obscure and unusual elements of the Royal Armouries’ collections.


1 Press Releases

1. Unique “hand cannon” on show at Royal Armouries in Leeds

A unique “hand cannon” – measuring less than 10 inches long and dating to the late 14th or early 15th Century – has been gifted to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.