Four pictures, each showing one of the Royal Armouries museums - Leeds, Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky

About us

Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world.

It comprising of the UK’s National Collection of Arms and Armour, National Artillery Collection, and National Firearms Collection. It is also the keeper of Tower of London history.

It is Britain’s oldest museum, one of the oldest museums in the world and home to the world’s oldest visitor attraction.

Royal Armouries is located at three sites across the England: in a purpose built museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire; a Victorian fort at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire; and its historic home at the Tower of London in the White Tower.

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