The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is a national museum which displays the National Collection of Arms and Armour. It is part of the Royal Armouries family of museums, the other sites being the Tower of London, its traditional home, Fort Nelson, Hampshire, for the display of its National Collection of Artillery, and permanent galleries within the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The Royal Armouries is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Royal Armouries Museum is a £42.5 million purpose-built museum located in Leeds Dock that opened in 1996. Its collection was previously on display or in storage at the Tower of London where the Royal Armouries still maintains a presence and displays in the White Tower.
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KezCake | Feb 9, 2018
I love it here! Easily my favourite museum in the UK. Huge selection of old weaponry, great historical background and there's a lot to learn. Best of all, on the top floor they have a crossbow range. It's like £1 and you get a bunch of arrows to shoot at the targets, and a short training session on how to use the crossbows. It's safe for kids as the crossbows are mounted, and there's a shorter section so younger children can reach. 100% would recommend!
Dylan Milne | Feb 28, 2018
Grand museum indeed! Featured in pictures are several highlights not giving much away. National treasures on display viewable at no fee. Well displayed modern museum. Will fill a whole day for a person interested in the subject, but and at least two hours to simply see everything. Found the historical period slightly abrupt 1300 - 1920. Surprised there was no second world war section (doesn't detract but I expected there to be one). Shop could be improved, few items I'd want to buy - needs more museum branded items and of higher quality - thinking nice mugs or decent metal keyrings.
heather cooper | Feb 9, 2018
I didn't expect to enjoy this because I'm not interested in guns and war - I just went along because my husband had always wanted to visit this museum. In fact we happily spent nearly 6 hours here and had a very interesting and enjoyable visit. The building itself is impressive with good views of Leeds Dock. There is a much wider range of exhibits than I had expected. They are very well presented and the museum staff put on talks and demonstrations and performances to make the whole thing come alive. Thanks to Mike and his colleagues for their hard work and enthusiasm. A very good day out
Carol Newell | Feb 25, 2018
Really interesting displays. We enjoyed the cowboy show. He told stories of the wild west. Free entry makes it a great bargain day out. Allow two hours minimum for your visit.
Dominic Martin | Feb 27, 2018
Very interesting place to visit. It was very educational for all ages. Children will love it. Didn't expect it To be so big which is very good. Also had a small meal there which was very nice.
PKMNtrainer Mann | Apr 3, 2018
The armory is absolutely great for anyone with a passing interest in historical weapons. They have well documented exhibits from many periods of history and from all around the world. The exhibits are well managed by brilliant and enthusiastic staff and have a great variety of different weapons and Armour. The museum has many interactive videos and talks to gain a better understanding. The only downside is that although kids might like the swords and guns, beyond a surface level I doubt they would get much out of it. Other than that it's great.
Dion Singh | Apr 4, 2018
Really interesting place to go and it's free. Spanning many centuries in history and globally diverse, there's and really varied collection and it's presented in an interesting way. There is falconry that I didn't see but sounds cool. Id also love to see the outdoor events next time I come. Cool gift shop too!
Kerryann Wray | Apr 2, 2018
Its a really great museum and exhibition. Five floors of interesting and exciting exhibits, war, oriental, modern warcraf, guns, swords etc. They even have live role play. Great for children of all ages and something for everyone. I especially liked see all the props from the movies. And the best thing about it is it is all free!
Despina Hafiz | Apr 4, 2018
Absolutely fantastic place, well thought out with excellent exhibitions. The jousting tournament was most entertaining with exceptional real period time musical instruments and knowledgeable folk to explain how they work and show you them. Fabulous!
Mild hopey | May 12, 2018
This place is brilliant. I’ve been visiting the Royal Armouries in Leeds since it opened. It’s great for a family day out and when there’s events on the place can really come alive with jousting and various live demonstrations. It’s in a really nice area of Leeds and you can get a free riverboat taxi to ferry you up and down to get there and closer to town for a bit of variety. They have lots of exhibits and visiting guests and lecturers that give talks on a regular basis as well. There’s a cafe and a gift shop to browse and wheelchair access across all floors. I’d love to work here because I’d never get bored of looking at all the history that adorns the walls and the craftsmanship that has gone into a lot of the armour and artwork is really stunning. My favourite part of the museum is the oriental gallery space. This was probably the first place I’d ever been able to see original armour up close as a kid and this got me into wanting to find out more about other cultures and their history. Fun for everyone, and it’s very educational and apart from any ticketed events, it’s free, so give a little in the donations box before you leave.
abhijit tase | Apr 11, 2018
So modern compared to the armouries in London (unsurprisingly). Beautifully set up. Great views as it's right by the canal. Definitely worth going. Great gift shop, too! And can have a nice lovely walk afterwards. There's even a few restaurants around and it's not too long a walk from the centre of Leeds if you want to pay it a quick visit. Definitely recommend it.
J France | Apr 13, 2018
Multi storey parking not far away. Free entry (unbelievable) we paid 3 quid each to fire crossbows. The guy who served us was very friendly and welcoming. Exhibits were well kept and informative. All in all 11 quid for a super half- day. A great place to go. Would highly recommend.
marlina8 | Apr 12, 2018
This museum is impressive but a bit disorganized. The best thing they have is the armouries. Impressive. Some of them have been placed simulating what it must have been like in the past. The information related to them is also very interesting. However the rest is a bit disorganized. It's just full of different war related items. Some of them might even be inappropriate for children and adults (there's an area dedicated to hunting). A great place for you if you are really find of weapons, war and shooting.
Jonathan Lyon | Jun 3, 2018
Set in a wonderful location, surrounded by eateries and walks along the canal. The museum itself is engaging, educational, interactive and most importantly interesting. I love my history, some of my friends... not so much. Yet we all had an amazing visit, shooting the crossbows at the end was a nice way to end the day. For a fun, free (please make a donation though) activity this is right up there as a must do when in Leeds.
Phil I'Anson | May 22, 2018
Great place with fun for the whole family. There are some fantastic live shows including combat and even jousting. It's free but you can make a donation of your choosing. It is very informative and well set out with each floor and side of the floor having a different theme. There are a few places where you can stop to catch a snack and refreshment. These come at quite a hefty price and seem expensive to me but there's a great selection to choose from. one improvement would be to add more interactive elements to the museum to attract a younger audience as this would keep people more entertained and would stop children from getting bored of just seeing weapons. Some of the interactive elements sadly do not work anymore so it may be worth improving these too. Still a great place to visit.
BROON BREED | Jun 8, 2018
Great places for individuals, groups and families. Huge range of armaments on different floors. A good range of European armour and weapons and some from further afield. Interactive exhibits for big and little kids and an actual crossbow range (small fee £3 for 8 bolts). Didn't try the cafe.
Ringleader | May 18, 2018
Great fun place to spend a day lots of different things to see. Something for everyone. Entertaining even if you’re not usually into museums. They’re are lots of sections to the museum and it can be a bit of a maze. They have lots of interactive displays and they also have actors who demonstrate different types of sword fighting.
John Angus | Jun 27, 2018
I found this Museum during a previous trip to Leeds while using an all day bus ticket which I paid for when I booked my train ticket. It cost me £4 which I found very good value for money and I recommend that you consider this. This Museum has no dedicated car park with a small exception. There are 3 or 4 disabled parking spaces outside the front door of the Museum but you Must book these with the Museum in advance of your visit. There is a Pay and Display car park close by but I don't know the changes 😕. The Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm and it's Free 😊. Children will love this Museum as there is so much aimed directly at young people. A lot of hands on activities for all ages and numerous displays during the year. (Check out their website for full details ) Very good disabled access through out the museum and staff very willing to help in any way. Good catering facilities with views over the canal and reasonably priced. A very good day out for all the family in my opinion.
sarah Ibrahim | Jul 10, 2018
I really liked the museum. The staff there are very friendly and helpful.The items are interesting, and I like how they state if It was a replica or a module. The cafe and gift shop are full of nice things with a reasonable . prices and some pricey ones. I love the diversity of places and armours. There are some from Japan and an intriguing modern weaponry.
Aj Baker | Jun 24, 2018
A fantastic collection from throughout time. As a buff on military history, this museum is a must see for anybody with a fascination for the development of war fighting through time and across many cultures. The exhibits are fantastically arranged and lit, really enhancing your experience. There is such era diversity within from modern self defence and policing equipment to ancient bronze era excavation finds and everything in between. Royal Armouries goes beyond the typical western/European focus as well, displaying a breathtaking range of Eastern artifacts spread from the Middle East and India through to Chinese and Japanese examples. I cannot recommend the Royal Armouries highly enough and I hope any visitors that read this enjoy their time there as much as I did.
clare pask | Jul 22, 2018
We were recommended this place, even though we hadn't been planning on visiting. It was well worth the visit, lots of unexpected exhibitions, with guns from James Bond films and other surprises. Its also really interesting to see the war elephant armour and learn about that (you can also get a water taxi outside, run by a charity, towards the centre)
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