Hunting flintlock and wheellock guns, decorated with gold and silver wire inlay

Hunting gallery

The Hunting gallery presents the history and evolution of hunting, from prehistoric times to present day Olympic sports.

Learn more about the history of hunting and the weapons used, ranging from simple spears to more specialised weapons such as longbows, crossbows, and firearms.

These weapons were not only a tool, but also a work of art. Visitors can discover several extravagant and lavishly decorated weapons that would have demonstrated the wealth and status of their owners. Don’t miss the Tula Garniture, a set of elegantly decorated weapons that belonged to Elizabeth Petrovna, Empress of Russia.

Where to find the gallery:


  • The Royal Armouries is committed to providing our visitors with disabilities with appropriate facilities.

  • The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds offers a range of facilities, including a shop, cafe, and several picnic areas.

  • How to get to Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Did you know?

So good they named it twice

Armour commonly and mistakenly referred to as ‘chainmail’ should correctly be called MAIL, which is derived from the Old French word maille, meaning chain. So the word ‘chainmail’ actually means CHAIN CHAIN!