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The Royal Armouries in Leeds is the new purpose-built home for the Royal Armouries' national collection of arms and armour. It traces the development of arms and armour from the 5th century BC to modern times. It was opened by HM The Queen in March 1996.
Inside the museum, interactive computer displays, videos, films, music and poetry tell the story of arms and armour in battle, self-defence, sport and fashion.
Outside, attractions include a Tiltyard for tournaments and other live displays: a bustling Menagerie Court for falcons, hunting dogs and horses and a Craft Court where the air rings with the sounds of swordsmiths and gunmakers.
Watch live demonstrations of Oriental martial arts and cowboy shoot-outs, and learn the truth about daily life as a foot soldier at Agincourt.
The use of storytellers, actor-interpreters and hands-on experiences specially designed for children make the museum an exciting experience for all the family. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops as well as plenty of rest areas.
In addition, the museum stages conferences, concerts and exhibitions and provides a wide range of sponsorship and corporate hospitality opportunities including banquets for 800 and cocktail parties for up to 1,500.
The Tiltyard features jousting and hunting displays daily from April to September and on weekends and school holidays in October. At other times demonstrations and displays of hunting animals will take place subject to weather conditions. The Royal Armouries is also at the Tower of London and Fort Nelson, Portsmouth.
Directions: The Royal Armouries is within easy reach from anywhere in the UK. The museum lies just off the M1 (J46) and M621 (J24) motorways. From these and other major roads into Leeds, simply follow the brown t
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