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“Cannot believe this was free!”

Royal Armouries Museum
Ranked #2 of 170 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home for the national collection of arms and armour that features five theme-galleries: War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting, and arms and armour of the Orient.
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Excellent place for all ages, so impressed with how they try to engage young people, particular the impact exhibition about knife/gang crime. Loved the live displays of the guillotine and how to survive in a zombie apocalypse! As we went around Halloween the horse stunt show we seen was themed as such. Only had to pay £4 for an adult which was excellent value and really exciting to watch. Plenty of places to sit down, have a drink and take it all in. A place not to be missed in a trio to Leeds.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Even for someone not particularly interested in military history, this place is jaw-droppingly good. The building is awe-inspiring and the breadth of the collection mind-boggling. And it's all free.There is so much craftsmanship on offer and everything is so well displayed. The piece de resistance has to be the Tower of Steel - a circular tower whose walls are just filled with swords, guns, armour etc in various patterns. The history of warfare is bang up to date, stretching as it does from the dawn of history to Afghanistan - and exhibitions cover street violence as well as the pacifist movement. There's plenty of video commentaries and film shows and live performance - we experienced a demonstration of fighting hand-to-hand with broadswords. The staff were uniformly helpful and friendly - who said that Yorkshire folk are dour? Add to this a choice of pleasant cafes and a well-stocked shop - and you have an excursion to remember with plwasure. I only wish I could return often to explore everything properly.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

visited this attraction in Leeds a fantastic insight into the history of weapons and war. some weapons are just amazing the skills in making some of these weapons are fantastic clever intricate and artistic. theirs some weapons housed in this building that you wont see anywhere else truly amazing. The layout and the vast amount of displays is really worth the visit we just strolled round not really taking everything that it deserved to do this would probably take 2-3 days.
wish id taken my camera a must visit... after your visit the town center is 10 minutes away.
there are plenty of refreshment bars and facilities to make your visit easy as the building is large and covers 5 floors of different themes, you can access them via stairs or the lifts, the entire center as i saw it was wheelchair friendly. The Armories is free to visit theirs a car park close by this cost around £6.50 for 4 hours.Clarence Docks indoor multi storey car park.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I visited with my husband and teenage son
quote from my son on the day " there is too much to see and so little time"
The museum is fantastic v informative if you like military history you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

I visited the Royal Armouries on a recent day out in Leeds and was a bit disappointed, we checked the website the night before but couldnt find directions from the train station which I would expect to be provided. On the day it took over 20 minutes following the signs and going round in circles to find the place. There didnt seem to be any staff to help or direct or even just speak to once inside and the cafe' s didnt exactly encourage you to use them. Wouldn't go again.

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