An internal view of the Hall of Steel showing the mass display of arms and armour

Hall of Steel

The Hall of Steel is the architectural centrepiece of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

The elegant steel and glass tower displays over 2500 objects. It also offers impressive views of Leeds, Leeds Dock and the Aire & Calder navigation canal.

The displays around and inside the stairwell consist of mainly 17th century armour and 19th century military equipment. They represent the largest mass display of arms and armour since the 19th century.

Visitors can also find mortars and cannon around the walls at the base of the stairs.

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