Leeds museum building


The Royal Armouries in Leeds is a multi-million pound purpose-built museum that opened to the public on 30th March 1996.

The museum is home to the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its six themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-Defence, Hunting, and Peace.

There is also the impressive Hall of Steel, and the outside Tiltyard where live shows take place.

The Royal Armouries Museum is located at Leeds Dock, which is only a short distance from the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.


To ensure a trouble-free journey get live road traffic information from Highways England and live rail information from National Rail.

For your convenience we have provided maps for you to download and print out


The following bus services run from Leeds city centre to Royal Armouries:

  • Geldard Coaches – 28B
  • Yorkshire Tiger – 92
  • First Leeds – 70, 28

These buses leave from the following stands (the number of the bus service is in brackets):

  • Leeds Railway Station – Stand S8 (Service 70, Leeds Dock—Leeds Railway Station Circular)
  • Leeds University – 5 – Outside Blackwell’s book shop (28, 93, 28B)
  • Albion Street – J6 – outside St. John’s Centre (28, 93, 28B)
  • Eastgate – G1 (28B)
  • Vicar Lane – M4 – opposite Victoria Quarter (28, 28B)
  • York Street – F5 – outside Leeds Bus/Coach Station (28, 28B)
  • Chadwick Street – A1 – 100 metres from museum entrance (28, 28B)
  • Liberty Dock – Student Halls of Residence – 350 metres from museum entrance (28, 93, 28B)


  • The museum is well signposted on all major routes when close to Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo.
  • From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
  • From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs.
  • From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
  • From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs.


  • park mark Town Centre Car Parks provide secure 24hr, fully-manned car parking with CCTV and security patrols with 1648 bays, located only 100 metres from the museum entrance at Clarence Dock.
  • 5 disabled parking spaces are provided next to the Arena close to the museum entrance. See Access page for more details.
  • 10 coach parking spaces are provided next to the Arena close to the museum entrance.


  • A 10 minute walk from Leeds Bus Station – follow the signs.
  • A 20 minute walk from Leeds Rail Station.
  • The Trans-Pennine Trail runs by the museum.


  • Clarence Dock is on the Aire/Calder Navigation and has a large number of berths for narrow boats and cruisers.


  • The museum stands on National Cycle Network Route 67.
  • Bicycle racks are provided close to the museum entrance.
  • Please ensure that your bicycle is properly locked at all times and valuables removed.
  • Free and secure bicycle storage is available at the nearby multi-storey car park.

Opening times

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Last admission 4.30pm

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Contact details

General museum enquiries
0113 220 1999

Booking Enquiries
0113 220 1888

Filming Enquiries
0113 220 1978


Free admission


Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT

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