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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[updated 19 November 2020]

Following the Government’s announcement on 31 October we are very sorry to advise that all three of the Royal Armouries’ sites will be closed to visitors from Thursday 5 November to Tuesday 1 December 2020 inclusive. We plan to reopen our sites on Wednesday 2 December, subject to government guidelines.

As you will appreciate, we must take these steps to ensure the safety of the public, visitors, our staff and all the people we work with.

While we are closed you can stay in touch with us via our website which we will update regularly, our blog and YouTube channel, as well as on social media. We will be posting new content throughout November and look forward to keeping you entertained and intrigued by the world of arms and armour.   Our online shop will be open offering a wonderful range of gifts and other items available via a mail order service.

We would like to thank our visitors, members and followers for your ongoing support during this difficult time.  Knowing you are out there makes it all worthwhile and we look forward to welcoming you back to our museums as soon as it is safe to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the following information will answer any questions you may have.

If you cannot find the answer below please send your question to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Which of your sites are closing from 5 November?

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Fort Nelson near Portsmouth and the Royal Armouries galleries at the Tower of London will all be closed to visitors from 5 pm on Thursday 5 November (4 pm at Fort Nelson) until and including Wednesday 2 December 2020. Government guidelines permitting, we plan to open the museums again at 10 am on Thursday 3 December 2020.

For up to date closing and opening information at the Tower of London please refer to the Historic Royal Palaces website.

What happens if I booked a ticket to visit one of your sites between 5 November and 1 December 2020?

If you booked a ticket to visit one of our sites we will contact you to let you know that your visit has been cancelled and, if applicable, refund your parking fees.

Is it possible to book a visit from 2 December 2020?

Tickets can now be booked for Leeds and Fort Nelson. For information on Tower of London opening times please refer to the Historic Royal Palaces website.

I have a school visit booked, will this be cancelled?

Yes, unfortunately, we will not be able to welcome school groups to our sites during the period of the lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. For more information please contact:


Fort Nelson:

 Will your online shop be open?

Yes, we are pleased to say that the Royal Armouries online shop will be open throughout lockdown. All purchases made will help to support the museum which is a charity.  If you are thinking ahead to Christmas please order early to avoid the rush.

For more information on deliveries please visit our shop website, or email us at and we will aim to respond as soon as possible.

I have just become a member of the Royal Armouries, will my membership be affected?

We will be pleased to extend all memberships purchased before 5 November 2020 by one month. Any queries please email

How do I access the collection during the period of closure?

While our museums are closed you can still explore our collections online and via our social media. The curatorial enquiry line will remain open as will the picture library. You can access our collections catalogue and our picture library online. You can also contact us at

How do I keep up to date with what’s going on at the Royal Armouries during this time?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds newsletter or Fort Nelson newsletter for the most up to date information.

Who can I contact regarding venue hire at Fort Nelson?
Please email if you have any queries about existing or future venue hire bookings.

Who can I contact regarding venue hire and corporate events at Royal Armouries Leeds?
The cafe and commercial venue spaces at our Leeds museum will remain closed to the general public during the lockdown period but our sales offices are open to discuss your event booking requirements. For general enquiries and further information please contact us at

What does the current situation mean for Freedom of Information requests?
Although we try to answer all Data and Freedom of Information requests within the statutory time frames responses may be delayed at this time as our staff are working remotely with limited access to the Royal Armouries files and archives.

I would like to support the Royal Armouries at this time. How can I do that?
Your donation would be very welcome at this time. We are a charity and your support will help us sustain our work as guardians of the national collection of arms and armour.

If you would like to support us please visit our donation page

General enquiries

If you have any further queries please email us and we will try to reply as soon as possible. Please be advised that our staff will be working remotely so responses may take slightly longer than usual.

Telephone: 0113 220 1916 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm)

Fort Nelson:
Telephone: 01329 233 734
(Monday to Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Our museums are temporarily closed until 2 December.

Book now to visit when we reopen.