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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[updated 4 January 2021]

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the Government’s announcement on 4 January we are sorry to advise that all our sites will remain closed until further notice.

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.

These measures will be revised in line with Government guidelines.

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 the period of closure 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 on-going 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.


Which of your sites is open?

All our museums are closed until further notice.

Can I book a visit for a school group?

No, unfortunately, our schools’ service is suspended until April 2021 at both the Royal Armouries Museum and Fort Nelson. Check our Learning Resources page for more information, online learning resources and contacts for the individual sites.

 Will your online shop be open?

Yes, we are pleased to say that the Royal Armouries’ online shop is open.  All purchases made will help to support the museum which is a charity.

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

We will be pleased to extend all memberships in line with the period we are closed. Any queries please email

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

You can 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.

General enquiries: you can contact us at (Leeds) or (Fort Nelson)

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 café 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 10 am – 4 pm