Royal Armouries, Leeds
The Royal Armouries in Leeds displays the National Collection of Arms and Armour. The impressive collection is spread across six galleries. The collection is housed in a multi-storey purpose built building on the Leeds Waterfront. The themed galleries include;
War Gallery: showing weapons of war throughout the ages from early warfare through to 19th century.
Hunting Gallery: the history and evolution of hunting from prehistoric times to present day Olympic sports. Tournament Gallery: explores the spectactor sports of the time from the areans, to the weapons to the safety equipment and armour.
Oriental Gallery: Explores the weapons of Asia by region with an emphasis on the mounted archer, who has dominated the war of the region.
Self-Defence Gallery: this gallery explores a variety of areas from the impact of gun crime, to civil forces to travel protection.
This area explores the moves by some individuals, groups and nations away from weapons and warfare.
Daily presentations explaining the use of historical weapons and allowing visitors to handle some items are frequent. There are interacive displays to allow visitors a hands-on experience and during school holidays the outdoor arena is utilised for visitors to watch the weapons being used by experts. (Arena displays often have a small extra charge.)
The Museum is only a few minutes' walk from Leeds station
The Museum is clearly signposted from all approaches to the city. The nearest parking is at CitiPark, fees apply.
It's a 10 minute walk to the Museum from the centre of town, and the route is well signposted.