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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40 Pages

1. Museum History

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s oldest museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world.

2. Tower of London Events

Experience 1000 years of history at the world famous White Tower at the Tower of London, home to the Royal Armouries.

3. 16th - 17th century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 16th – 17th century.

4. 17th - 19th century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 17th – 18th century.

5. 19th - 21st century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 19th – 21st century.

6. 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.

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.

9. Tower and Armouries History

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

10. History of the Collection

A history of the Royal Armouries and its collection from its founding in the Tower of London to the present day.

11. Robert Porrett

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

12. 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.

13. Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill

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

Opens April 2009

14. Tower Tales and Traitors

Summer exhibition telling the tales of the Tower of London’s most notorious occupants.

15. Torture

The Tower is often linked with torture and execution.

16. Execution

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

17. Execution swords

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

18. 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.

19. Malcolm Mercer

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

20. 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.

21. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey developed out of the traditional military activities of the Office of Ordnance. By the early 18th century it was taking a greater role in designing military fortifications. A Drawing Room was also established at the Tower with resident

33. 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).

34. 1685 - 1688

A Monument to Monarchy?

35. 1826 - 1868

Dr Meyrick and the New Horse Armoury

36. 1869 - 1883

J R Planché – Education and Entertainment

37. 1883 - 1995

Into the White Tower

38. 1995 - 2013

‘The Line of Kings’ Revisited

39. Line of Kings

Explore the fascinating history and development of the Line of Kings, the oldest visitor attraction in the world. Currently located in the White Tower of the Tower of London.

40. 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 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.


1 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.