Knights jousting over the barrier in the Tiltyard


The tiltyard is our outdoor space where visitors can catch live shows of military and sporting skill-at-arms. Shows are provided as part of our wider events programme, and include jousting, archery, falconry, and horse shows.

Though we no longer have our own horses, we still host an annual jousting contest each year, with competitors from all over the world. Find out more about our 2017 joust on its event page.

All forthcoming live shows are listed on our events calendar.

Useful information

  • Terms and conditions covering the sale of tickets to events held in the Arena of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

  • See how tournaments developed over hundreds of years, and the armours used for foot combat, jousting and for horses.

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Did you know?

The fort with its back to the sea

Fort Nelson, which sits proudly above Portsmouth Harbour, originally pointed its guns inland. At the time it was feared that a French attack would come by land, and not sea.