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 54 items tagged with ‘tournament

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1. Leeds Events

Available every weekend
Crossbow Range
Jester’s Yard
Discover
Hands-on
Explore

2. Armour for a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I

This armour was made for a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I and is the only armour in the gallery that is made up for the tourney.

3. Sir Henry Lee

Sir Henry Lee was Elizabeth I’s Champion in the 1580s and he arranged her famous Accession Day jousts. Lee was also Master of the Armouries at the Tower of London.

4. Arena

Here we put on exhibitions of military and sporting skill at arms, including jousting. There is seating for over 1200 people.

5. Tournament Gallery

The tournament gallery has a performance area for the telling of stories and giving demonstrations, and it has Italian and English jousting armours from the early 17th century.

6. What's On

Our summer events run Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September

Charge down to the museum for loads of summer fun. Come rain or shine there’s always something exciting going on.

7. 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.

8. Tournament Films

There are 21 films in this series. All are related to either the Tournament gallery or the wider theme of tournament. All films can be found throughout the Tournament section or in many of the interactives.

9. Tournament Fun

Try our tournament games and quizzes, and have some fun!

10. Tournament Games

Have fun with our tournament games. Help Henry VIII dress for his foot combat, or if you are feeling brave you can fight him in the foot combat or in a joust.

11. Discover Heraldry

Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they mean.

12. Tournament Gallery

See how tournaments developed over hundreds of years, and the armours used for foot combat, jousting and for horses.

13. Introduction to Tournament

The Tournament gallery at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, is about the combat sports that knights once took part in.

14. Tournament Events

Learn how tournaments began, how they developed and how they ended

15. The horned helmet

King Henry VIII’s ‘horned helmet’

16. The horned helmet

‘Horned helmet’ presented to Henry VIII, by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian

17. Foot combat armour

Henry VIII’s Foot combat armour

18. Tonlet armour

Henry VIII’s Tonlet armour

19. The Field of Cloth of Gold

In 1520 Henry VIII met Francis I, King of France, at the Field of Cloth of Gold. The aim was to make England and France allies rather than enemies.

20. Sir Christopher Hatton

This vamplate, with its restored gilding, was fitted over the lance to protect the hand.

21. Robert Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex

This portrait was probably painted to commemorate Robert Radcliffe’s first appearance in a tournament at Windsor.

22. The 'Almain Armourer's Album'

The album contains armour design drawings for some of Queen Elizabeth I’s leading courtiers, advisors and military leaders including Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Sir Henry Lee and Sir Christopher Hatton.

23. The 'Moustache masked' helmet

This helmet has a most unusual visor in the form of a human face. It is a virtuoso example of metalworking: the moustache and nose were not attached but made as one with the visor. The moustache would have been particularly difficult to make.

24. The Lion armour

This is the finest decorated armour in the Royal Armouries collection. It was possibly made for King Henri II of France.

27 Events

1. TOURNAMENT

Four day international jousting tournament.

2. Weekend Warriors War Games

An interactive fun weekend for gamers of all ages.

3. Weekend Warriors War Games

An interactive fun weekend for gamers of all ages.

4. Weekend Warriors Robots

Calling Robot-Nuts and Tech-Heads of all ages – watch out for the robot invasion!

5. Weekend Warriors Tournament

The boys are back in town to compete in the ultimate war game – authentic medieval jousting in the heart of the city – see it live!

6. Jousting Tournament

A thrilling spectacle for all the family as knights in armour from around the world clash in combat to win the Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.

7. Horsepower!

An entertaining and illuminating lecture exploring the evolution of tournaments from training for war to extreme sport.

8. TOURNAMENT

Experience the thrills and spills of live jousting this Easter Bank Holiday weekend as the Royal Armouries hosts a three-day tournament.

9. LECTURE: TOURNAMENT: COMBAT AND CONTEST

Join Karen Watts, Senior Curator of Armour, for an informative and entertaining lecture about tournaments.

10. MEDIEVAL EASTER

History comes alive at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this Easter with a series of Medieval events designed to entertain, educate and inspire.

11. KINGS OF CLOTH OF GOLD

Final performance of Tony Lidington’s sparkling new physical comedy about the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I in 1520.

12. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

13. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

14. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

15. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

16. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

17. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

18. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

19. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

20. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

21. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

22. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

23. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

24. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

25. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

26. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

27. ROYAL ARMOURIES SUMMER JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Experience the thrills and spills of our Summer Jousting Championship this July and August. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.


3 Press Releases

1. Hooray! Henry returns to Leeds in style!

The Royal Armouries Tournament Gallery has undergone a major makeover to mark the return of Henry VIII’s world famous armour to Leeds.

2. Thrills and Spills of the Tournament

See the cut and thrust of medieval tournaments come to life at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this April.

3. Knights in Shining Armour to battle it out for The Tournament of the Griffin

Cheer on your favourite knight in shining armour as jousters clash head to head in an August Bank Holiday Tournament at the Royal Armouries Museum next weekend (August 25 to 27).