Royal Armouries

Explore the word-class collection of arms and armour every day at the Royal Armouries with talks, tours and handling sessions from our Visitor Experience Team. A series of free sessions delivered by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team take place in the galleries each day.

Weekly highlights:

Indian Treasures Tour:

Royal Armouries has one of the finest collections of Indian arms and armour in the world. Discover the wonders of the magnificent elephant armour, exotic quoit turban and exquisite pangolin coat.

Henry VIII:

Explore the splendour and pageantry of the court of Henry VIII in the Tournament Gallery. Our specialised talks and tours will give an insight, not only into the arms and armour of the time but into the drama of the Tudor Age.

Trench Warfare:

Join the Visitor Experience Team as they reveal the true horrors of the trenches in this talk and interactive handling session. Get up close and handle weapons that were used by British, German and American soldiers during the “war to end all wars”.

Introduction to Firearms:

Since the 17th Century to modern day, rifle technology has adapted to the challenges of the ever-changing battlefield. This Introduction to Firearms talk and interactive handling session examines some of the most iconic firearms in history from the Martini Henry to the SLR.

Royalists and Rebels:

Royal Armouries’ English Civil War collection boasts an array of infantry and cavalry arms and armour from the 1640s. Delve into this turbulent historical period with our interactive tour and handling session.