Oriental gallery showing elephant armour and mongol warrior

Oriental gallery

Visit the Oriental gallery to explore arms and armour from some of the great civilisations of Asia and Africa.

Discover the artistry and technology of some of the most impressive arms and armour from across the globe. Learn about how arms and armour can provide a key to understanding world history.

Don’t miss the record breaking elephant armour, which weighs in at a whopping 18 stone, and our gallery featuring the arms and armour of the Samurai.

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?

Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon – the 68 pounders – were the same calibre (8 inches) as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!