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Royal Armouries Museum

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire is the home of the UK’s national collection of arms and armour and is free to visit.

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 – Tuesday to Sunday from Tuesday 6th September until Saturday 22nd October
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Every day from Saturday 22nd October until Sunday 30th October (half-term school holidays)

Booking a visit to the Royal Armouries Museum

  • We recommend pre-booking tickets and we have 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 tickets from 6 Sept – 31 December 2022

Book tickets for October half term Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct

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 Taking place in our galleries throughout the day Tuesday 6th September to Friday 21st October 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Taking place in our galleries throughout the day Tuesday 6th September to Friday 20th October 2023 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Open Saturday & Sunday. Book your tickets now. Tuesday 6th September to Friday 21st October 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Part of the Leeds Light Night Festival 2022 Thursday 13th October to Friday 14th October 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum October half term activities Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October 2022 Find out more

Royal Armouries Museum Dramatic presentations and live gunfirings Saturday 12th November to Sunday 13th November 2022 Find out more

Opening times
6th Sept to 21st Oct
Tuesday to Sunday

22nd Oct to 30th Oct
Every day
Admission
Museum admission is free
Pre-book online
Location
Armouries Drive
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LT United Kingdom

Armouries Drive
Leeds
United Kingdom
LS10 1LT
0113 220 1916