Royal Armouries Museums

There is always lots to see and do at the Royal Armouries.
Our museums are open every day and admission is free!

Opening times

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Latest opening information

There are 36 items tagged with ‘swords

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1. Leeds

Admission is FREE

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Closed 24-26 December

Tel: 0113 220 1999
enquiries@armouries.org.uk

2. Hall of Steel

The Hall of Steel is one of the central features of the museum in Leeds. It can be seen from every floor, where it offers views of mass displays of arms and armour, featuring over 2500 objects.

3. Japanese sword technology

An analytical project to determine the methods of manufacture of Japanese sword blades.

4. Self-Defence gallery

Many objects in the Royal Armouries collection have a social relevance today. Perhaps none more so than those in the Self-Defence gallery.

5. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

6. Hunting gallery

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

7. Hunting Weapons

Hunting weapons from the Hunting gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

8. Edged Weapons

A number of different edged weapons were used in hunting, some were specifically designed for use with a specific type of animal.

9. Robert Woosnam-Savage

Bob Savage is Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

10. Bridget Clifford

Bridget Clifford is Keeper of Collections (south) at the Royal Armouries museum based at the Tower of London.

11. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

12. Collection

The Royal Armouries collection consists of: arms, armour, and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day; fine and decorative arts; a special collection of material relating to the history of the Tower of London; a library; and archives.

13. YouTube

See all of the Royal Armouries videos here in one place. These have all been posted on YouTube™.

22 Events

1. Children's event – Knight School

During the school holidays Fort Nelson have Fun Days specially designed for children.

2. Children's event – Knight School

Learn the skills of a knight: make your own armour, try hobby horse jousting, longbow archery and even take part in a castle-building contest!

3. Hands-on Seminar: Japanese Swords

Ian Bottomley, former curator of oriental arms and armour, looks at the craft and mystery of the Japanese sword.

4. Outlaws

Hands-up! Don’t miss this special event which brings you face to face with some of the most notorious characters in history.

5. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the ‘45

An introduction to the ’45, through lecture, interpretation and film. Examine and handle contemporary arms and armour of the period.

6. Now That’s Something You Don’t See Everyday!

Come and take a closer look at some of the rare, curious and simply oddball weapons in the Royal Armouries’ collections, many of which have never been on public display.

7. Victoria's Wars

“Into the valley of death …” Well not quite, but it can bet pretty chilly at Fort Nelson, which is the venue for this year’s two day seminar on Victoria’s Wars being held on 13th and 14th March 2010 in association with Ian Fletcher Battlefield T

8. Have-a-Go Sword Fighting

Come and learn sword fighting with Royal Armouries sword fighters.

9. Have-a-Go Sword Fighting

Come and learn sword fighting with Royal Armouries sword fighters.

10. Have-a-Go Sword Fighting

Come and learn sword fighting with Royal Armouries sword fighters.

11. Have-a-Go Sword Fighting

Come and learn sword fighting with Royal Armouries sword fighters.

12. WEAPONS CURIOSA

Come and find out about some of the most famous and unusual examples of the weapon smith’s art!

13. DUELLING WEAPONS

An introduction to the art and social history of duelling and a closer look at the duellist’s weapons of choice and their origins.

14. INDIAN SWORDS

Explore the diversity of Indian swords from the talwar to the firanghi, the katar to the khanjar.

15. The Traipse - sword-dancing, music and storytelling

‘The Traipse’ is a specially formed troupe of seven sword-dancers, storytellers and musicians, that takes a modern twist on traditional sword dancing.

16. YOU DON’T SEE ONE OF THESE EVERY DAY!

The world of arms and armour is awash with rarities, this is your chance to handle unique items from the Royal Armouries collections.

17. THE SWORDS OF MIDDLE-EARTH

Five heroic swords inspired by The Lord of the Rings film trilogy at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

18. SEMINAR - PIRACY AND CONFLICT

Explore the weapons used by pirates through history with curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson.

19. SEMINAR: WEAPONS AND THE MOVIES

Handle historic objects from our collection and weapons made by movie special effects team, WETA Workshop.

20. SEMINAR: WAR GAMING

Join our curators to handle a selection of real firearms and swords featured in classic and more recent games.

21. SEMINAR: GANGSTERS' PARADISE

Bank robbers, smugglers, public enemies and police corruption, discover the real weapons of criminals.

22. SEMINAR - European Edged Weapons

Get to grips with important and unique weapons from the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages, basket-hilts, small-swords and even swords from the movies.