Much of the legendary arms and armor originally collected in the Tower of London fills the Royal Armouries, which occupies a redeveloped 13-acre dockland site 15 minutes from the city center. Five themed galleries—War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting, and Arms and Armor of the Orient—trace the history of weaponry. The state-of-the-art building is stunningly designed: expect a full-size elephant in armor, models of warriors on horseback, and floor-to-ceiling tents,
as well as spirited interactive displays and live demonstrations. Shoot a crossbow, direct operations on a battlefield, or, around Easter and the end of August, experience an Elizabethan joust.