Leeds Armoury Reviews
The Royal Armouries Feb 01, 2017
Housed at Clarence Docks, the Royal Armouries museum is a fantastic collection of armour and weaponry from through the ages and every corner of the globe. I was impressed by the way the museum encouraged participation. There are exhibits that you can handle such as gauntlets and crossbows. You can also listen to an experts at junctures throughout the day. While I was visiting, an expert was giving a talk about Japanese weaponry.
While the subject matter might sometimes be quite gritty, this museum seems to light up the imaginations of kids as well as their parents. Some of the exhibits are huge and must seem even more impressive to little children! There were lots of families visiting when I did (Santa Claus was visiting too!) and the museum is still large and airy enough to make you feel like it is half empty.
My favourite part of the museum was the Tournaments section which exhibited suits of armour from Tudor times. Included in the exhibition was a fantastically ornate Horned Helmet presented to King Henry VIII (see picture). The fact that such a helmet could have been designed and made in 1514 amazes me. The helmet also features as the logo of the Royal Armouries Museum. The museum also is home to the Lion Armour, a golden armour believed to be French or Italian decorated with lion heads and widely believed to be one of the finest examples of armour in the world.
Other branches of the museum can be found at Fort Nelson in Fareham, at the Tower of London and at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The museum in Leeds is free to visit and open daily between 10am-5pm.
Address: Clarence Dock, Leeds
Directions: Follow the signs from the train station.
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Free Family Day out Feb 06, 2008
The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms and armour, including artillery.The gallery collects from all over the globe, act as advisours for other armouries aswel as an education center for those of all ages with a willingness & eagerness to learn about the past, presant & future world arms.
To gain entry into the Leeds Armoury is FREE. There is no charge. On the way in or out there is a dontation post, where guests are respectfully asked to make a donation no matter how small to help with the funding and upkeep of the armoury.
They have various activites on the armoury grounds such as outdoor games, bird shows ect and these are various prices starting from £2 up to £5, with student, child & OAP discount. They do have a little cafe in the lower lever of the armoury however the food is alittle over priced so I'd advise a good old home made pack lunch :) Nothing can beat that!
Take a camera!! You can take photos almost every where! Which is excellent to catch those funny moments & to keep memories.
For those with small children or walking disabilities id advise taking a stand aid or chair, as there are over 5 floors and you can spend a whole day there walking up & down the levels. They do have lifts for those in a wheel chair & those with buggies.
This is ideal for families who are trying to save the pennies, for couples who want a nice day out and really for anyone & everyone come rain or shine!
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