Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

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The Royal Armouries in Leeds is the sister museum to the Tower of London and home to the UK’s largest collection of arms, armour and artillery. The collection is displayed across six galleries, each with a different theme: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-Defence, Hunting and Peace.

Get up close to the royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings, including Henry VIII, and reveal the secrets of how soldiers defended themselves in the English Civil Wars. Your historical experience could also include sword fighting and jousting as events take place regularly throughout the year, offering visitors a true taste of sporting spectacles dating back thousands of years.

The attraction is free. You’ll find it at Clarence Dock, a 20-minute walk from Leeds rail station, which has regular direct connections with London. The train journey from the capital takes around 2 hours 30 minutes.

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RRoyal Armouries Leeds: Interpretation of 'The Horned Helmet' © The Royal Armouries
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