Royal Armouries, Leeds

 Update: they appear to have had a slight revamp of the Civil War Gallery. There's a few extra bits on display. 

One of the most stunning museums I have visited. One of my favourites too.
Lots to see and do. If you have small people in tow, check their Events page.  They usually put a tournament on over the Easter weekend. If you have particular interests check out the schedule of talks and demonstrations before you go, and plan accordingly.

On entry choose the stairs which give close up views of the Hall of Steel.

Civil War interest lies with the Littlecote Collection, the most important surviving armoury of the Civil War; in the audio visual theatre tucked away at the back of the gallery there is a 15 minute dramatisation of events at Marston Moor (on a continuous loop). Plus of course the harquebusier, cuirassier and pikemen in the main hall. Daily talks on the ECW collection - the highlight being why the armour has bullet dents in them (no spoilers here thank you!).

Colonel Alexander Popham's harquebusier armour

Littlecote Collection display

Zischägge helmets and a pair of secrets, including a rare 'spider' secret on the left of the plinth.

Harquebusiers often wore an armoured left gauntlet to protect their riding hand, here is a rarer leather gauntlet with extra layers of fish-scale leather protection

Close-ups of the 'Lion Armour' which appears in portraits of Manchester, Monck and is believed to be worn by Charles and Rupert on the Forlorn Hope medal.

The 'other Siborne' model is here, much more accessible and visible than the one at NAM. On the upper floor are the oriental galleries with an impressive collection of samurai armour, and elephant armour. Who doesn't love an armoured elephant?

Too far away for you? Try this Royal Armouries YouTube video tour of part of their Civil War collection.

Littlecote Collection is documented in "The Littlecote: the English Civil War Armoury". Whilst only recently out of print copies can still be found.

My copy has finally arrived, it has a brief history of Littlecote and the people who lived there, how the Armoury was saved from dispersal at auction; whilst the bulk of this very weighty tome catalogues every item in the collection.

Postcodes for SatNavs
Royal Armouries LS10 1LT
Parking can be found at this postcode too


  1. Lovely display, thanks for posting the rather nice pictures!

  2. You are welcome. Pics aren't the greatest to be honest, the natural light flooding into the gallery makes taking pictures really tricky due to the reflections.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The National Civil War Centre, Newark - re-visited

Baggage, Cannon and Limbers

London, Part Five: Memorials (and Churches)


Houses of Interest: Cheshire

Sir William Brereton's Company of Firelocks

Houses of Interest: Yorkshire

A Miscellany of Miniatures