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)

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13 Pages

1. Armouries in the Tower of London

A history of the Armouries at the Tower of London.

2. 16th - 17th century

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

3. Cast iron Tudor firearms

An analytical project to determine how a previously unknown firearm found on board the wreck of the Mary Rose was made.

4. Henry VIII: Arms and the Man

Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne, this definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures from the Royal Armouries’ own collections and from around the world

5. Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill

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

Opens April 2009

6. Execution swords

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

7. 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.

8. Games

Welcome to our game zone where you can play games created by the Royal Armouries and some created for us.

9. Henry VIII

An introduction to King Henry VIII.

10. Henry VIII portrait

Portrait of Henry VIII (After Hans Holbein the Younger): Late 16th century

11. The Field of Cloth of Gold

In 1520 Henry VIII met Francis I, King of France, at the Field of Cloth of Gold. The aim was to make England and France allies rather than enemies.

12. Tournament Games

Have fun with our tournament games. Help Henry VIII dress for his foot combat, or if you are feeling brave you can fight him in the foot combat or in a joust.

13. 1547 - 1659

How Wooden Horses first came to the Tower

15 Events

1. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

The Greenwich Armoury by Thom Richardson

2. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

The Greenwich Armoury by Thom Richardson

3. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

The ‘Horned Helmet’ of Henry VIII by Graeme Rimer.

4. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

The ‘Horned Helmet’ of Henry VIII by Graeme Rimer.

5. The Tudors

Warm away those winter blues and prepare yourself for a thrilling festival of Tudor treats!

6. Conference: Henry VIII: Arms and the Man

To mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII to the English throne the Royal Armouries is holding a major one-day conference at the Tower of London.

7. The King's Challenge

Have you got what it takes to be a King’s Challenge Champion?

8. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

Tournaments in Tudor Times by Karen Watts.

9. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

Tournaments in Tudor Times by Karen Watts.

10. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

Tournaments in Tudor Times by Karen Watts.

11. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

Tournaments in Tudor Times by Karen Watts.

12. Fit for a King: Royal armour of the Tudors and Stuarts

A lecture telling the story of royal armour fashion and illustrates surviving pieces. Followed by a guided tour of the Tournament gallery.

13. Tudor Arms Seminar

A special selection of objects has been chosen for an exclusive handling session.

14. Kings of Cloth of Gold

A sparkling new physical comedy by Tony Lidington about the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I in 1520.

15. KINGS OF CLOTH OF GOLD

Final performance of Tony Lidington’s sparkling new physical comedy about the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I in 1520.


3 Press Releases

1. Iconic helmet goes under the spotlight

Author and historian Graeme Rimer has unveiled fascinating new theories relating to Henry VIII’s Horned Helmet – billed the most contentious piece of armour in Britain.

2. Hooray! Henry returns to Leeds in style!

The Royal Armouries Tournament Gallery has undergone a major makeover to mark the return of Henry VIII’s world famous armour to Leeds.

3. The Tudors’ TV costumes share centre stage with Henry VIII’s armour

A selection of the stunning costumes worn in the Emmy Award-winning television series The Tudors now take pride of place next to King Henry VIII’s world-famous armours at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, from today (September 12).