The Royal ArmouriesLeeds Category Museums & Galleries
The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. At the Leeds Museum there are over 8,500 objects on display in five galleries: War; Tournament; Oriental; Self Defence and Hunting.
Visit the newly refurbished Tournament Gallery and experience the might of Henry VIII – king and sportsman.
There are 6 galleries at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. There is also the impressive Hall of Steel which has a mass display of over 2500 objects, and outside is the Arena where live shows take place.
The Hall of Steel
The Hall of Steel is the architectural centrepiece of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. The elegant steel and glass tower can be seen from every floor, from where it offers views of Leeds, Clarence Dock and the Aire/Calder navigation canal.
The displays around and inside the stairwell consist of mainly 17th century armour and 19th century military equipment. There are over 2,500 objects and they represent the largest mass display of arms and armour since the 19th century.
At the base of the stair is an area filled with mortars and cannon around the walls.
Running alongside the River Aire for 150 metres, with seating on the landward side, is the Arena. Here, weather permitting, we put on exhibitions of military and sporting skill at arms, including jousting.
Though we no longer have our own horses, we still host two important jousting contests each year with competitors from all over the world. Useful information about the arena:
• There is seating for over 1200 people.
• All displays are weather permitting (if the weather is deemed to be unsuitable for the display to take place, an announcement will be given inside the museum before the scheduled start time).
• The gates will close when each display begins.
• Due to lack of space no prams or pushchairs are permitted into the Arena seating area.