Detail of Henry VIII's foot combat armour showing right gauntlet gripping pollaxe


Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest museums of arms and armour, Royal Armouries holds in trust for the nation one of the greatest and most comprehensive collections ever assembled – a treasure of international importance.

Our fundamental aim is to protect and develop the collection, ensuring that all objects from the smallest dagger to the largest cannon are preserved for future generations.

Royal Armouries is continuously seeking support for our evolving exhibitions, expanding collection and dynamic learning and outreach programmes. We would like to invite you to find out more and support our exciting projects at Leeds, the Tower of London, and Fort Nelson.

Did you know?

Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.