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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30 Pages

1. About us

The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour for the United Kingdom. It is the oldest museum in the country and home to one of the great collections of arms and armour in the world.

2. Specialist Enquiries

Our team of specialists are able to answer all kinds of enquiries on the subject of arms and armour, related material, and of course its related history and the history of the Tower of London.

4. Tower and Armouries History

This gallery tells the history of the Royal Armouries and its traditional home, the Tower of London.

5. Robert Porrett

A brief account of the life and work of Robert Porrett (1783-1868)

6. 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.

7. Dragon

Building on the tradition of trophies of arms and armour created at the Tower of London from the late 17th century, this new dragon has been constructed using objects and materials that represent ten institutions which were housed in the Tower.

8. 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.

9. Power House

Discover the stories and personalities behind the major organisations
of state, who took care of royal business behind the mighty Tower walls,
from 1100 to the present day, in a new permanent exhibition in the White Tower.

10. Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill

A stunning new exhibition in the iconic White Tower at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London.

Opens April 2009

11. Torture

The Tower is often linked with torture and execution.

12. Execution

Many prisoners, whether they had been tortured or not, only left the Tower to go to their execution.

13. Execution swords

Beheading by sword was popular on the Continent, whereas the axe was more commonly used in England.

14. Block and Axe

For important state prisoners or people of noble birth, executions were carried out by beheading. This was considered the swiftest, least brutal method.

15. Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm Mercer is Curator of Tower History at the Royal Armouries Museum based at the Tower of London.

16. Fit for a King

See five hundred years of spectacular royal armour, offering a fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings.

17. See us on Flickr

Our visitors love taking pictures of our museums and our fantastic objects. Now you can enjoy them too, using the Flickr® slideshow share function. Select one of our museums and see what our visitors love most about our museums and our beautiful objects.

18. Visit

Visitor information for all four of the Royal Armouries sites.

19. Institutions of the Tower

The Tower of London has been home to many important national institutions for over 900 years. Close to the seat of royal power at Westminster, the fortress offered a secure site for a variety of functions vital to England’s monarchy.

20. Constables

The Constable is the most senior appointment at the Tower of London, traditionally held by great lords The Constable was responsible for the running of the site when the monarch was absent, although day-to-day oversight devolved quickly to his deputy.

21. Royal Observatory

Charles II appointed the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, whose tables of star observations would help his sailors to calculate their position at sea with greater accuracy when out of sight of land.

22. Prison

The Tower of London served as a prison from the late 11th century until the Second World War. High and low-ranking prisoners were held in different parts of the site including the White Tower.

23. Royal Armouries

There have always been arms and armour at the Tower. William the Conqueror’s castle, begun in 1066, must have contained a garrison of soldiers, and weapons are first documented in the reign of King John (1199-1216).

24. Glossary

Glossary of arms and armour and specialist terms related to the history of the museum and the Tower of London.

25. Admission Fees

It is unclear when the Tower of London first became a visitor attraction with admission charges for those who wanted to see its sights. In practice, it may have been a gradual process…

26. The Royal Mint

Although coins had been minted in Britain before the Norman conquest, minting at the Tower probably began in about 1248. It was certainly established by 1279. During the 15th century a Mint Board was established consisting of a Master, Warden and Comptrol

27. Jewel House

A major attraction of the Tower of London since the early 16th century, housing the monarch’s jewels, plate and precious items. Royal treasure was probably stored at the Tower from the late 11th century.

28. Menagerie

By 1210 exotic animals were being kept at the western entrance to the Tower by England’s monarchs. The animals in the royal menagerie were often gifts from other kings and emperors.

29. Records Office

Government records including those of the Exchequer, Chancery and law courts have been stored at the Tower of London since at least the late 13th century, in the White Tower and elsewhere on site.

34 Events

1. Family Fun Day

Fantastic and free activities for children visiting the White Tower

2. Half-term Children's Activities

Fantastic and free activities for children visiting the White Tower.

3. Family Fun for Tower Archaeology Weekend

To celebrate the Tower of London’s Archaeology Weekend, staff from the Royal Armouries are running free children’s activity outside the Tower of London.

4. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

5. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

6. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

7. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

8. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

9. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

10. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

11. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

12. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

13. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

14. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

15. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the keeper of the Duchy of Lancaster’s Raven’s and meet Gabrielle the Raven whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

16. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

17. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

18. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

19. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

20. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

21. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

22. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

23. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabriel the Raven, who’s mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

24. The Queen's Raven Keeper

Join Igraine the Queen’s Raven Keeper and meet Gabrielle the Raven, whose mum and dad are Ravens at the Tower of London.

25. Children's Zoo

Meet a Yeoman Warder who tells the tales of the Tower of London’s menagerie.

26. The Tower Menagerie Court

The Tower of London was once famous for its Royal Menagerie. Come and visit the Royal Armouries version and meet some of it’s special inhabitants

27. The Tower Menagerie Court

The Tower of London was once famous for its Royal Menagerie. Come and visit the Royal Armouries version and meet some of it’s special inhabitants.

28. Build your own Tower of London

Come and have a go at building your very own Tower of London out of sand.

29. Build your own Tower of London

Come and have a go at building your very own Tower of London out of sand.

30. Tower building workshop

Come and have a go at building your very own Tower of London out of sand.

31. Children's Zoo

Pet wise zoo is a children’s petting zoo that will be under a marquee in Armouries Square to showcase their animals.

32. The Wars of the Roses: Society at War in the 15th Century

This conference has now SOLD OUT.

33. The Hundred Years War: A Century of Conflict Re-evaluated

Bringing together some of the principal historians of the 14th and 15th centuries this conference will offer fresh new insights into our traditional interpretation of the Hundred Years’ War.

34. CONFERENCE: EAST MEETS WEST

A one-day conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the gift of armour from the Shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Hidetada, to King James I and VI of England and Scotland.


3 Press Releases

1. Prescription for last prisoner executed at the Tower of London forms part of successful Royal Armouries’ auction bid

Britain’s oldest museum has bought four fascinating new exhibits – including sedative prescriptions made out to the last prisoner executed at the Tower of London and also to Hitler’s deputy Rudolph Hess.

2. 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.

3. HORSES ON THE MOVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

Royal Armouries in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), is preparing a new Line of Kings’ exhibition, opening on July 10, and once again the horses are taking centre stage.