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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1. War Gallery

The War gallery is on the second and third floor of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. It presents the development of weapons and the art of warfare from early history to World War II and beyond.

2. Early Warfare

Early War covers the period from ancient Greeks and Romans to Early Middle Ages, just after the fall of the Roman Empire.

3. Medieval Warfare

This gallery is about the arms and armour of the Middle Ages up to about 1400.

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. Key Stage 3 - First World War: Trench Warfare

Discover the hardships suffered by Tommies fighting on the Western Front by examining images and objects from Royal Armouries’ collection.

9. Teachers notes: Littlecote House

Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

10. Task 1: Exploration of Littlecote House

Task 1: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

11. Task 2: Inside Littlecote House

Task 2: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

12. Task 3 Popham portrait

Task 3: Popham portrait.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

13. Task 4 Change over time

Task 4: Change over time.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

14. Curriculum links: Littlecote House

Curriculum links: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

15. Resources: Exploration of Littlecote House

Resources: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

16. Littlecote House

This gallery explores details of a landscape painting of Littlecote House, revealing interesting features and hidden meanings.

17. Great Hall in Littlecote House

Littlecote House was home to the greatest surviving English Civil Wars armoury. Explore the photograph of the Great Hall and learn more about the arms and armour.

18. Colonel Alexander Popham

Colonel Alexander Popham was commander in the Parliamentarian army during the English Civil Wars. He was also the owner of Littlecote House, which was an armoury and garrison.

19. Peace - Farewell to Arms?

Farewell to Arms? has been created in conjunction with The Peace Museum, Bradford. It focuses on the idea of CONVERSION – from war to peace, from weapons and armour to useful tools or symbolic images.

20. World War I & II Carved Panels exhibition

The West Riding Woodcarvers Association have created 95 original hand-carved wooden panels on the themes of the First and Second World Wars, in a projected funded in part by the Leeds Community Foundation.

21. Surviving the Peace: A photographic journey from conflict to recovery

New photographic exhibition by the Mines Advisory Group

22. A War Within

A War Within is a photographic exhibition by photojournalist James Arthur Allen and raises awareness of mental health difficulties experienced by veterans and the wider Armed Forces’ community.

23. Inspired by...The Last Stand

Marc Wilson is a photographer based in Bath, England whose fine art work is based in the genre of documentary landscape photography. This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe. It is part o

24. The birth of Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is one of those materials that have made the modern world possible. Discover how it was discovered.

32 Events

1. Weekend Warriors War Games

An interactive fun weekend for gamers of all ages.

2. Weekend Warriors War Games

An interactive fun weekend for gamers of all ages.

3. Armoured Assault

Active young visitors can have a go of our junior assault course. Feel the ground shake as our 26-tonne Sexton is put through its paces!

4. Armoured Assault

Active young visitors can have a go of our junior assault course. Feel the ground shake as our 26-tonne Sexton is put through its paces!

5. Armoured Assault

For active younger visitors, why not have a go at our junior assault course, plus, feel the ground tremble as our 26-tonne Sexton Self Propelled Gun is put through its paces!

6. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

7. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

8. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

9. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

10. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

11. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

12. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

13. Only Water Between

Only Water Between is a unique, moving and true story of love, life and loss.

14. We Shall Remember Them

Explore the roles of young men and women from World War One to present day.

15. Weekend Warriors Robots

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

16. Blitz Weekend

70 years on from one of the darkest and most heroic times in the nation’s history we celebrate the spirit of the age through 1940s music, food and dance.

17. Iconic weapons: from the longbow to the Luger

This seminar examines the impact of weapons developed which changed the nature of warfare.From the English longbow, to the wheellock, to the self-loading pistol and machine gun.

18. European swords and daggers: Medieval to Modern

This seminar will give an overview of the development of swords and daggers.

19. 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!

20. The Wars of the Roses: Society at War in the 15th Century

This conference has now SOLD OUT.

21. Towton 1461

A weekend of events to commemorate the bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses.

22. Iconic Weapons II: From the Axe to the AK

Iconic weapons seminar.

23. The Hundred Years War: A Century of Conflict Re-evaluated

Bringing together some of the principal historians of the 14th and 15th centuries this conference will offer fresh new insights into our traditional interpretation of the Hundred Years’ War.

24. OTHER RANKS

A multi-sensory installation brings to life the role of the British Army’s “squaddies”.

25. OTHER RANKS

A multi-sensory installation brings to life the role of the British Army’s “squaddies”.

26. A War Within

A War Within raises awareness of mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), experienced by veterans and the wider Armed Forces’ community.

27. OUT OF NOWHERE

A unique opportunity to learn about the history of and handle sniping rifles with our expert guide.

28. SEMINAR: UP TO THE HILT: EUROPEAN SWORDS AND DAGGERS

The seminar will illustrate the development of the sword and dagger over 3000 years and the dilemma between creating weapons for cut or thrust, or both.

29. THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF TRAUMA

An opportunity to learn more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it can affect those who suffer with it.

30. LIVING HISTORY DAY: ENGLISH CIVIL WARS

Muster your troops and charge down to the museum to experience life in the 17th century.

31. THE LAST STAND

This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe.

32. THE LAST STAND

This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe.


5 Press Releases

1. Lest we forget! Fort Nelson honours Britain’s war dead

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a gun salute to mark Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and also the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day on Wednesday, 11th November.

2. Prescription for last prisoner executed at the Tower of London forms part of successful Royal Armouries’ auction bid

Britain’s oldest museum has bought four fascinating new exhibits – including sedative prescriptions made out to the last prisoner executed at the Tower of London and also to Hitler’s deputy Rudolph Hess.

3. Preventing Genocide

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley – Director General and Master of the Armouries – has delivered a keynote speech examining the role of military leadership in preventing mass atrocities.

4. ARMOURIES JOINS SEARCH FOR ENGLAND’S LOST KING – RICHARD III

Royal Armouries’ curator forms part of expert academic team investigating the “skeleton in the car park” discovery – possibly the human remains of a lost king, Richard III.

5. Armouries finds England’s lost king – Richard III

Royal Armouries’ curator Bob Woosnam-Savage formed part of an expert team that today confirmed the identity of the “_skeleton in the car park_” as those of England’s last king to fall in battle – Richard III.