The museum in Leeds is a multi-million pound purpose-built building that opened to the public on 30th March 1996. It was built to house a large part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8500 objects throughout its six themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-defence, Hunting, and Peace.
There is also the impressive Hall of Steel and the outside Tiltyard where live shows take place.
The Royal Armouries Museum is located at Clarence Dock, only a short distance from the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire.
The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.
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Journey planning from Transport Direct
The following bus services run from Leeds city centre to Royal Armouries:
- Geldard Coaches – 28B
- Yorkshire Tiger – 92
- First Leeds – 70, 28
Bus stops where you can catch one of these buses to the Royal Armouries (the number of the bus service is in brackets).
- Leeds Railway Station – Stand S8 (Service 70, Leeds Dock—Leeds Railway Station Circular)
- Leeds University – 5 – Outside Blackwell’s book shop (28, 93, 28B)
- Albion Street – J6 – outside St. John’s Centre (28, 93, 28B)
- Eastgate – G1 (28B)
- Vicar Lane – M4 – opposite Victoria Quarter (28, 28B)
- York Street – F5 – outside Leeds Bus/Coach Station (28, 28B)
- Chadwick Street – A1 – 100 metres from museum entrance (28, 28B)
- Liberty Dock – Student Halls of Residence – 350 metres from museum entrance (28, 93, 28B)
Directions from Transport Direct
- The museum is well signposted on all major routes when close to Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo.
- From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
- From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs.
- From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
- From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs.
- Town Centre Car Parks provide secure 24hr, fully-manned car parking with CCTV and security patrols with 1648 bays, located only 100 metres from the museum entrance at Clarence Dock.
- 5 disabled parking spaces are provided next to the Arena close to the museum entrance. See Access page for more details.
- 10 coach parking spaces are provided next to the Arena close to the museum entrance.
Other car parks can be found using Transport Direct.
- A 10 minute walk from Leeds Bus Station – follow the signs.
- A 20 minute walk from Leeds Rail Station.
- The Trans-Pennine Trail runs by the museum.
- Clarence Dock is on the Aire/Calder Navigation and has a large number of berths for narrow boats and cruisers.
- The museum stands on National Cycle Network Route 67.
- Bicycle racks are provided close to the museum entrance.
- Please ensure that your bicycle is properly locked at all times and valuables removed.
- Free and secure bicycle storage is available at the nearby multi-storey car park.