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Royal Armouries Museum

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire is the modern home of the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms and armour.

Explore the Royal Armouries Museum’s five floors of galleries. Over 4,500 objects on display in our purpose-built museum.

Discover how arms and armour have shaped society, art, and culture throughout history.

Enjoy watching historic armour and weapons brought to life as our Live Interpretation Team use live combat demonstrations to show you how they were used.

Highlights of the Royal Armouries Museum

  • Henry VIII’s foot combat armour made in 1520 for the grand tournament known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
  • The largest animal armour in the world. An elephant armour and tusk swords from the Indian sub-continent of the late-16th Century.
  • A remarkable helmet with a grotesque mask termed the ‘Horned Helmet’. This was a gift to Henry VIII from the Holy Roman Emperor in 1514.
  • One of the most iconic sci-fi weapons of all time. The ‘pulse rifle’ from the classic 1986 Aliens film.
  • The Tula Arsenal near Moscow made and presented to Elizabeth Petrovna, Empress of Russia the beautiful ‘Tula Garniture’ in 1752. It is a fine example of Russian craftsmanship that combines Elizabeth’s passions of hunting, art and design.

Opening times

  • 10 am to 5 pm – Wednesday to Sunday until 22nd July (term time)
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Every day from Saturday 23rd July until Sunday 4th September (Summer school holidays)

Booking a visit to the Royal Armouries Museum

  • We recommend pre-booking tickets because we only have a limited number of walk-up tickets available.
  • The museum is usually quieter after 2 pm.
  • During busy times, such as school holidays, you may be asked to wait before entering the galleries. However, you can still enjoy our gift shop and cafe.

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

Book now for April – July

Book for August 2022

Jousting Tournament available

We welcome our visitors and want to provide them with a safe and enjoyable day out. Therefore, we have answered the most frequently asked questions about our safety measures.


Featured events

Royal Armouries Museum Open daily for the summer holidays. Book your tickets now. Friday 1st July to Sunday 4th September 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Free family-friendly activities Monday 1st August to Sunday 4th September 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Knights from Europe compete in our Elizabethan Joust Saturday 27th August to Monday 29th August 2022 Find out more

Opening times
8th June to 22nd July
Wednesday to Sunday

23rd July to 4th September
Every day
Museum admission is free
Pre-book online
Armouries Drive
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LT United Kingdom

Armouries Drive
United Kingdom
LS10 1LT
0113 220 1916