Knights jousting over the barrier in the Tiltyard

Arena

Running alongside the River Aire for 150 metres, with seating on the landward side, is the Arena. Here, weather permitting, we put on exhibitions of military and sporting skill at arms, including jousting.

Though we no longer have our own horses, we still host two important jousting contests each year with competitors from all over the world.

Useful information


  • Terms and conditions covering the sale of tickets to events held in the Arena of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

  • See how tournaments developed over hundreds of years, and the armours used for foot combat, jousting and for horses.

Did you know?

The first modern rifle

The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle, using smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder" and having a small bore.