Royal Armouries

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Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive
West Yorkshire
LS10 1LT

  • Phone: 0113 220 1999

Home to the national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries in Leeds houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. Explore the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. Discover treasures from around the globe over five floors of amazing objects from Europe, Asia, America and beyond. Wonder at the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the armour of the monarchs of England including Henry VIII's impressive tournament armours crafted for the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. See history get brought to life every day by the museum's live interpretation team, with action-packed live combat demonstrations, talks, dramatic performances and object handling opportunities. Also keep an eye out for the museum's special live events programme, with events on almost monthly, including the legendary International Jousting Tournament in the purpose-built outdoor jousting arena. The Royal Armouries is FREE to visit, however some special events may carry a charge. Open 10 am - 5 pm daily, closed 24 - 26 December.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10am – 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm Closed 24, 25 and 26 December


Museum admission is free.

Travel directions:

Car - Directions from Transport Direct The museum is well signposted on all major routes when close to Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo. From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64. From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64. From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs. Bus - Directions from Transport Direct The following bus services run from Leeds city centre to Royal Armouries: Geldard Coaches – 28B Yorkshire Tiger – 93 First Leeds – 28 Bus stops where you can catch one of these buses to the Royal Armouries (the number of the bus service is in brackets). Leeds University – 5 – Outside Blackwell’s book shop (28, 93, 28B) Albion Street – J6 – outside St. John’s Centre (28, 93, 28B) Eastgate – G1 (28B) Vicar Lane – M4 – opposite Victoria Quarter (28, 28B) York Street – F5 – outside Leeds Bus/Coach Station (28, 28B) Chadwick Street – A1 – 100 metres from museum entrance (28, 28B) Liberty Dock – Student Halls of Residence – 350 metres from museum entrance (28, 93, 28B) Boat Clarence Dock is on the Aire/Calder Navigation and has a large number of berths for narrow boats and cruisers. Bicycle The museum stands on National Cycle Network Route 67. Bicycle racks are provided close to the museum entrance. Please ensure that your bicycle is properly locked at all times and valuables removed. Free and secure bicycle storage is available at the nearby multi-storey car park.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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