War gallery header showing men-at-arms in the War gallery


The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. It is one of the largest collections of historic arms and armour, comprising the National Collection of Arms and Armour at Leeds, National Artillery Collection at Fort Nelson, and National Firearms Collection. It is also the Keeper of the Tower of London history.

To get information about each of our museums simply choose your intended museum location from the list below.

Entry to Fort Nelson and Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is FREE.

An admission fee is payable for entry to the Tower of London site but there is no additional charge for entry to the White Tower.

Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk; a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin; and smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.