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Gallery Talks

Explore our world-class collection of arms and armour every day at the Royal Armouries, through talks, tours, and handling sessions.

A series of free sessions delivered by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team take place in the galleries each day.

Please check the daily ‘What’s on’ sheet at reception to find out which tours you can join during your visit.

Weekly highlights

Indian Treasures Tour

Royal Armouries has one of the finest collections of Indian arms and armour in the world. Discover the wonders of the magnificent elephant armour, exotic quoit turban and exquisite pangolin coat.

Henry VIII

Explore the splendour and pageantry of the court of Henry VIII in the Tournament Gallery. Our specialised talks and tours will not only give an insight into the arms and armour of the time but also into the drama of the Tudor Age.

Trench Warfare

Join the Visitor Experience team as they reveal the true horrors of the trenches in this talk and interactive handling session. Get up close and handle weapons that were used by British, German and American soldiers during the “war to end all wars”.

Introduction to Firearms

From the 17th Century to the modern day, rifle technology has adapted to the challenges of the ever-changing battlefield. This Introduction to Firearms talk and interactive handling session examines some of the most iconic firearms in history from the Martini Henry to the SLR.

Royalists and Rebels

Royal Armouries’ English Civil War collection boasts an array of infantry and cavalry arms and armour from the 1640s. Delve into this turbulent historical period with our interactive tour and handling session.

Did you know?

Six Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British and French armies fired 10,000 tonnes of iron shot, 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells. That’s a total of about 43,000 tonnes of iron: the equivalent of six Eiffel Towers!

Specialist enquiries

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