Knights jousting over the barrier in the Tiltyard

Arena

Running alongside the River Aire for 150 metres, with seating on the landward side, is the Arena. Here, weather permitting, we put on exhibitions of military and sporting skill at arms, including jousting.

Though we no longer have our own horses, we still host two important jousting contests each year with competitors from all over the world.

Useful information


  • Terms and conditions covering the sale of tickets to events held in the Arena of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

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

Did you know?

The iron lady of India

The most famous 19th century female warrior was the Rani of Jhansi who recruited female gunners and troopers. She was often seen in the palace gardens controlling her horses with the reins between her teeth and a sword in each hand.