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Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Address : Armouries Drive
Town/City : Leeds
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : LS10 1LT
Web Site :  www.royalarmouries.org


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2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The museum was built on a brown field site and has had a major impact on the physical regeneration of this area of the city. Leeds Dock is now a thriving urban hub with bars, restaurants and businesses situated around the picturesque dock area.

Dominating the scene is the imposing national museum building, which houses one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world. It was purpose-built to showcase the nation's treasures in five stunning galleries – War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence, Hunting – plus the magnificent Hall of Steel.

The collections contain weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. There are treasures from around the globe including the Ottoman Empire, the Americas, Europe, Japan and India to name but a few. Highlights of a visit must include the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kings of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in the Tournament Gallery.

One of the key roles of the Royal Armouries has been to bring history to life and make it engaging and accessible for everyone. Our highly experienced interpretation team deliver up to 8 performances a day. Through story-telling and interactive history, including live combat demonstrations and object handling sessions, visitors will come face to face with warriors through the ages.


2017 Events

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
Grab your Stetsons and mosey on down to the museum for a rootin', tootin', sharpshootin' weekend and gain a real insight into the life and times of cowboys in the American West.
Visitors can join in a packed programme of live demonstrations, object handling sessions, museum trails and talks.

This summer explore behind the scenes of the museum and discover how we bring history to life.
The days will be packed with combat demonstrations, have-a-go sessions, dramatic performances, collection handling opportunities, museum tours and loads more.

Mondays & Fridays
Find out how we train our warriors. The Royal Armouries' interpretation team will let you into some of their secret training methods such as how they decipher ancient manuscripts and choreograph fight scenes, plus junior warriors can come and have a go themselves. (Fun, interactive workshops for ages 5 – 11/ Mondays & Fridays / £3.50 / Book on the day)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Be inspired by objects in the collection and learn some new skills. Workshops will include decorative techniques, performing arts and creative writing.

Come and meet the specialist crafts people who make leather goods, armour, swords and costumes for the museum. Demonstrations of traditional crafts throughout the day.

This tour of the museum reveals a world that combines art with conflict, death with beauty and highlights some of the most beautiful pieces in the collection. These objects were made to kill but also to impress and are a testament to craftsmanship, engineering and high fashion. 

Polish Hussar Horse Show
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Saturday 26, Sunday 27 & Monday 28 August

A spectacular horse show, featuring the Winged Hussars, a crack team of fast-riding, sharp-shooting, sabre-rattling cavalrymen from Poland. Shows daily at 12noon and 3pm.
Tickets available online from www.royalarmouries.org.uk. Adults £6 (ages 16-59), Concessions (ages 3-15, 60+) £3.50, Family £15 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children).Times: 12 noon & 3pm
Tickets: Adult £6 / Concessions £3.50 / Family £15 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September
Behind the scenes of the museum. Part of the England's largest heritage festival. 

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September

A themed weekend to mark the 470th anniversary of the death of King Henry VIII. It was a tense and dangerous time following the monarch's demise – war in Scotland and France, insurrection at home, a boy king, royal sisters and cousins waiting in the wings, and a succession of grasping regents battling for power – this saga has it all! Join us for dramatic performances, combat demonstrations, music and family activities.

There are special events throughout the year from the international jousting tournament at Easter to the poignant Remembrance service and poppy drop in November. In between there are fascinating exhibitions and themed weekends focusing on historical periods as diverse as the Saxons and the English Civil Wars. School holidays are packed with activities for all the family from have-a-go archery to falconry flying displays to crafts and museum trails.

The museum's study days, conferences, talks and tours give a more in-depth perspective to the subject of arms and armour.

Check the website for more details of the events programme and to explore the collection on line.

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General Information
Opening hours
Open daily 10am – 5pm
(Closed 24, 25 & 26 December)

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