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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

A Legendary Day Out!

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As the national museum of arms and armour we hold one of the oldest museum collections on the planet, full of unique artefacts from the Bronze Age to the modern day, and from all over the world.

Our Leeds museum was purpose-built to showcase the nation's treasures in five stunning galleries : War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence, and Hunting, plus the magnificent Hall of Steel.

The collections contain the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to 21st-century soldiers. Also on display are amazing objects 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.

Our aim is to bring history to life and make it engaging and accessible for everyone. We have a highly experienced interpretation team who deliver a variety of events every day, including story-telling and interactive history such as live combat demonstrations and object handling sessions.

We have special events throughout the year from our international jousting tournament at Easter (30 March - 2 April 2018) to our annual Remembrance service and poppy drop in November. In between there special exhibitions and themed weekends. This year watch out for the Legends when we will be shedding light on the facts and fiction surrounding such historical characters as Boudicca, Blackbeard and Buffalo Bill. We pack the school holidays with activities for all the family from have-a-go archery to falconry flying displays to crafts and museum trails.
For a deeper perspective on the subject of arms and armour why not come along to one of our study days, conferences, talks or tours.

Our website has all the details of our events programme and you can even explore our diverse and interesting collection on line.

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

2018 Events

Saturday 24 March - Sunday 15 April
Medieval Easter

24 & 25 March - Knight Time
Meet the Tournament Teams & Horses

Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April
International Jousting Tournament

Saturday 5 - Monday 7 May
Legends: Robin Hood

Saturday 26 May - Sunday 3 June
Forts and Firepower

Saturday 16 & Saturday 17 June
Legends: Blackbeard

Saturday 25 - Monday 27 August
Legends: Buffalo Bill Wild West Horse Show

Saturday 8 & Saturday 9 September
Legends: Boudicca

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

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2 Bringing History To Life3. Hall of Steel New4. Jousting6.Tournament gallery7. Oriental gallery5. Elephant armour 

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