Girl peeking around an armour


There’s so much to see and experience in our galleries. Make sure you don’t miss the best of the best: join one of our informative guided tours, take part in our daily handling sessions, or pick up the Treasures Trail and discover the highlights for yourself.


Ever fancied handling a 15th-century pollaxe or a Civil War musket?

Our special handling sessions let you get up close to weapons and armour from the collection. You might even get the chance to try on a Tudor helmet or wield a medieval sword.

Free daily sessions in the galleries

Check the daily What’s On guide on arrival at the Museum for details.


See the daily What’s On guide on arrival at the Museum for times of the tours.

Daily and free of charge


Buy a copy of the souvenir guide for a great introduction to the world of the warrior, arms and armour, puzzle pages and the Top 10 objects.

Price: £5

Did you know?

World's biggest bore!

The largest bore gun ever built fired a cast iron ball weighing around 1 tonne, measured 3 ft in diameter, contained 215kg of gunpowder, and fired to a range of 2.4 km (1.5 miles). It is on display at Fort Nelson.