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“Good BUT”

Royal Armouries Museum
Ranked #1 of 155 things to do in Leeds
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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.
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good BUT”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Too many interactive items did not work and no at a height for children (5-8)
Comprehensive display of weapons old and new
Reasonable shop and food choices

Visited July 2014
1 Thank bigfella78
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“A bit dull, masses of guns in cases, not much interaction”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

First time I've been back here as a visitor in years, and sorry to say its as underwhelming as ever. Grey on the outside sets the scene the contents too.

Loads and loads of guns and swords, plenty of armour and a mix of other old military bits too. So if you're into that stuff this is probably a treasure trove. But as our kids put it "there's lots of stuff but it's all pretty much the same". Less detail and more imagination and interaction would be good. There's a few screens here that our kids were magnetically drawn to, but not much.

All that said, it's free, there's a cafe, and it is somewhere to kill a couple of hours if you're stuck for something to do. The oriental gallery on floor 4 with its war elephant model and armour is a highlight, and there are bits on jousting tournaments, hunting, war, and even swords from The Hobbit if you're interested.

Cafe is fine if nothing special, with some outdoor seats overlooking the dock too. Nearest car park is a couple of minutes away and £3.50 for 1-2 hours and £4.50 for 2-3 hours. You can walk from the city centre easily enough too over the pedestrian footbridge from the Calls area. Entrance is annoyingly at the far side from the river.

Think they do jousting displays some days, but nothing on when we went on a school hols weekday, so worth checking in advance if you want to see that.

Overall, would love to give it a better review as it's good to have a big, free museum in Leeds and judging by the reviews here plenty of people do like it. But all four of us found it boring and crying out for a revamp. Less done better would be so much more.

1 Thank RoganJ
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Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Entertaining for young and old”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

This place was free and totally captivating for our 9, 15 yrs and adults. Lots of buttons to press and real people giving demonstrations. It was better than the armour on show in the tower of London. Shop was full of great presents for people. I didn't like the floor about hunting as I love animals so it upset me but the kids loved finding out about using fake horses to get nearer to animals. We loved the giant elephant and the sword fighting demo in full armour. A great day out for all ages.

Thank Sharon ı
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“royal armouries”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

we visited the dino exhibition at leeds dock so went across to the armouries. my husband loved it, looking at all the armour and exhibitions. the kids are only 2 a.d nearly 4 but they really enjoyed it too. j dont think i would go to leeds just to see the armouries however it was nice to see everything.

Thank stacey g
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Crewe, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Best historical place I've ever been and I've done a few. It is an awesome place so interactive so much to see and learn. I truely loved it so worth a visit. Do not miss it and miss out 5******

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Jacqui W
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