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Yorkshire Sights

Royal Armouries

  • Armouries Dr. Map It
  • Leeds

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Occupying a redeveloped 13-acre dockland site 15 minutes from the city center, this National Museum of Arms and Armour now houses a collection that originally began in the reign of Elizabeth I, when selected objects were displayed at the Tower of London. Five themed galleries—War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting, and Oriental—trace the history of weaponry through some 8,500 objects. The state-of-the-art building is stunningly designed: see 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.

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Clarence Dock, Armouries Dr., Leeds, LS10 1LT, England

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  • Daily 10–5; last admission at 4:30.


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