Oriental gallery showing elephant armour and mongol warrior

Oriental gallery

Visit the Oriental gallery to explore arms and armour from some of the great civilisations of Asia and Africa.

Discover the artistry and technology of some of the most impressive arms and armour from across the globe. Learn about how arms and armour can provide a key to understanding world history.

Don’t miss the record breaking elephant armour, which weighs in at a whopping 18 stone, and our gallery featuring the arms and armour of the Samurai.

Where to find the gallery:


  • The Royal Armouries is committed to providing our visitors with disabilities with appropriate facilities.

  • The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds offers a range of facilities: shop, cafe, corporate hire, and caters for group visits and the needs of visitors with disabilities.

  • How to get to Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Did you know?

The iron lady of India

The most famous 19th century female warrior was the Rani of Jhansi, who recruited female gunners and troopers. She was often seen in the palace gardens controlling her horses with the reins held between her teeth and a sword in each hand.