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.


A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk; a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin; and smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.