Royal Armouries Museums

There is always lots to see and do at the Royal Armouries.
Our museums are open every day and admission is free!

Opening times

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Latest opening information

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1. Fort Nelson Events

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

2. General Sir John Lefroy

A brief account of the life and work of General Sir John Lefroy (1817-1890)

3. Memories Project

The museum is currently looking for ex-servicemen and women to share their stories and memories of the weapons and equipment they used whilst on active service, and be re-united with them.

4. 18th Century

18th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

5. 19th Century

19th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

6. Self Defence Gallery

Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

7. Impact

Impact display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

8. Self-defence

Self-defence display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

9. Civil Forces

Civil forces display in the Self Defence gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

10. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

11. Hunting Gallery

The Hunting gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

12. Firearms

Simple firearms appeared in Europe in the early 14th century, but they were noisy, smoky and inaccurate and therefore not very suitable for hunting.

13. Weapons as works of Art

Weapons used in hunting were often highly decorated to show off the wealth and status of their owner.

14. Peter Smithurst

Peter Smithurst is Curator Emeritus of Historical Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

15. The Arms and Armour Society

The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world of those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour.

16. Collection

The Royal Armouries collection consists of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day, fine and decorative arts, a special collection of material relating to the history of the Tower of London, a library and archives.

17. National Firearms Centre

The NFC collection holds several thousand weapons and is arguably the most extensive and varied of its type in the world. The collection is available to be inspected by academics and researchers who have a need to study their design and technical aspects.

18. English Civil Wars Muskets

Information about muskets suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

19. Harquebusier armour

Information about harquebusier armour suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

20. What's On

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

21. Home

Royal Armouries – National Museum of Arms and Armour, keeper of Tower of London history, and the National Collection of Artillery. Museums in Leeds, West Yorkshire; Tower of London; and Fareham, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

22. Galleries

Probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress, Fort Nelson has been restored to its original state, together with important parts of its Second World War heritage.

23. Curators talks

As some of the world’s leading experts in arms and armour, our curators can give talks on a wide range of arms and armour, and related topics.

24. YouTube

See all of the Royal Armouries videos here in one place. These have all been posted on YouTube™.

27 Events

1. April events at Fort Nelson

Events programme at Fort Nelson for April

2. October Half Term

An action packed week to keep the kids out of mischief.

3. Weapons of the World Wars

See and handle weapons from world war one and two.

4. Now That’s Something You Don’t See Everyday!

Come and take a closer look at some of the rare, curious and simply oddball weapons in the Royal Armouries’ collections, many of which have never been on public display.

5. A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Special evening event.

6. BIG GUNS FOR FATHER'S DAY

Give your Dad a right royal day out!

7. VJ DAY SALUTE

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of VJ Day.

8. WEAPONS CURIOSA

Come and find out about some of the most famous and unusual examples of the weapon smith’s art!

9. DUELLING WEAPONS

An introduction to the art and social history of duelling and a closer look at the duellist’s weapons of choice and their origins.

10. INDIAN SWORDS

Explore the diversity of Indian swords from the talwar to the firanghi, the katar to the khanjar.

11. Iconic weapons: from the longbow to the Luger

This seminar examines the impact of weapons developed which changed the nature of warfare.From the English longbow, to the wheellock, to the self-loading pistol and machine gun.

12. Iconic Weapons II: From the Axe to the AK

Iconic weapons seminar.

13. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

14. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

15. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

16. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

17. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

18. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

19. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

20. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

21. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

22. BIG GUN DISPLAYS

Experience the power of the big guns in special displays of key weapons from our collection and gun-firing demonstrations.

23. DIAMOND JUBILEE 21-GUN ROYAL SALUTE

Fort Nelson fires a great gun Royal Salute to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

24. YOU DON’T SEE ONE OF THESE EVERY DAY!

The world of arms and armour is awash with rarities, this is your chance to handle unique items from the Royal Armouries collections.

25. WILD WEST OUTLAWS

Discover what life was like for these Wild West Outlaws through talks, demonstrations, films and craft activities.

26. ROYAL ARMOURIES: IN FOCUS

An exhibition by Leeds Photographic Society presenting a unique insight into the Royal Armouries’ national collection of arms and armour.

27. LECTURE: PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER

Join Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms, and find out which pieces of sci-fi weapons technology have made it into the real world, and which remain in the realm of fantasy.


6 Press Releases

1. Free day out for all the family... new-look Fort Nelson is unveiled

The Royal Armouries unveils its state-of-the-art new museum at Fort Nelson on Saturday (August 6) – home to the big guns.

2. Video footage of the Big Bang to launch Fort Nelson £3.5m Development

Cannon fire and spectacular pyrotechnic effects ensured the long-awaited redevelopment project went off with a “bang” as demolition works starts at the Victorian fort, high on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham.

3. “Big Bang” to launch the £3.5m redevelopment of Fort Nelson

The Trustees and Master of the Royal Armouries (RA) are inviting the public to experience the “explosive launch” of the £3.5 million project to revamp Fort Nelson.

4. WORLD’S LARGEST SPORTING RIFLE TO GO ON DISPLAY IN LEEDS

The world’s largest and most powerful genuine sporting rifle is set to go on permanent display in the Hunting Gallery at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

5. Unique “hand cannon” on show at Royal Armouries in Leeds

A unique “hand cannon” – measuring less than 10 inches long and dating to the late 14th or early 15th Century – has been gifted to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

6. Mosey on Down to the Wild West

Howdy pardners! Grab your Stetsons and mosey on down to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this February half-term to witness the fascinating world of the Wild West.