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Royal Armouries Museum

The Royal Armouries is home to the UK’s national collection of arms and armour and is free to visit.

Opening times

  • 10am to 5pm – Wednesday to Sunday until 27 May (term time)
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Every day from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June (May half-term school holidays)

Tickets are free and you can pre-book your visit on Eventbrite.

Book now for April – June

Our phone lines are currently down please email if you need to contact us.

Please be aware that due to a conference taking place from Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th May we are expected the museum to be busier than usual during these days but all the galleries will be open as normal.

Explore five galleries with over 4,500 objects on display in our purpose-built museum and discover how arms and armour have shaped history, art and culture through the ages.

Experience live combat demonstrations taking place every day as our staff bring to life how historic armour and weapons were used.

Highlights from the collection include:

  • Henry VIII’s foot combat armour made for the grand tournament known as the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520
  • A full-size all-metal elephant armour and tusk swords from the late 16th Century
  • A remarkable mask termed the ‘Horned Helmet’ presented to Henry VIII in 1514
  • One of the most iconic sci-fi weapons of all time – the ‘pulse rifle’ from the classic 1986 Aliens film
  • The Tula Garniture – an elegantly decorated set of weapons belonging to Empress of Russia Elizabeth Petrovna from 1752

We recommend pre-booking your ticket as we only have limited walk-up tickets available and are usually quieter after 2 pm.

During busy times, such as school holidays, we may ask you to wait to visit the museum but you can still visit our shop and cafe.

Find out more about how we are continuing to welcome visitors back safely on our FAQs page


Featured events

Royal Armouries Museum A temporary exhibition tackling the issue of violent crime. Fri 7 Jan - Sun 31 Jul 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum May half term activities and events Sat 28 May - Sun 5 Jun 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Open every Saturday and Sunday Sat 28 May 2022 Find out more

Opening times
19 Apr to 27 May
Wed to Sun: 10 am to 5 pm

28 May to 5 Jun
Every day: 10am to 5pm

Museum admission is free.
Pre-book online
Armouries Drive
Leeds, LS10 1LT United Kingdom

Armouries Drive
United Kingdom
LS10 1LT
0113 220 1916