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Royal Armouries Leeds

Updated on April 15, 2012

The Royal Armouries Building in Leeds

The Royal Armouries building
The Royal Armouries building | Source

The royal Armouries in Leeds

The museum is situated next to a sprawling river and canal system, It is many years since I have been and I expected it to be a poor photography day due to the glare from the glass on the display. I was pleasantly surprised by the photographs. I am still finding my around the Fuji S2950. The camera is not supposed to be a professional one but I have been very impressed with it. As a bonus today their was a car show in full swing at the end of the road with a vast array of very nice sports cars, I think I will put them on a separate hub.

Some stunning displays

Tiger hunting..Not my bag
Tiger hunting..Not my bag | Source

Horse and armoured rider

Some very creative set pieces
Some very creative set pieces | Source

The layout

The royal armouries is five stories high with lifts that service all floors. The following picture shows the open plan style of one end of the building. Each floor has an internal veranda which gives a fantastic feeling of space. Car parking is ample but changed a lot from when I was here last.

Stunning view up one end of the building

Great feeling of space
Great feeling of space | Source

Lots to see

Don't forget to look up.
Don't forget to look up. | Source

Stunning sets

Jordan as usual happy go lucky
Jordan as usual happy go lucky | Source

I assume all the articles are genuine

Need a couple of days to do it justice
Need a couple of days to do it justice | Source

Truly great scenes

Rider in full armour
Rider in full armour | Source

Great shot..Not mine..

A wild colonial boy
A wild colonial boy | Source

Guns

Well time to move on to the nuts and bolts of the Royal armouries. The gun bit. Early guns were just a matter of a hollowed out steel tube, Some without even a basic stock. Pretty amazing to see how far we have come to modern guns,machine guns and unfortunately guns to kill one of our ancient relatives the Whale

Harpoon Gun

Looks like one of the most menacing devices ever.
Looks like one of the most menacing devices ever. | Source

Bronze Cannon

Just outside the museum door..
Just outside the museum door.. | Source

Little cannons

Little siege cannons
Little siege cannons | Source

More little cannons

A bit of old ammunition with this one
A bit of old ammunition with this one | Source

About the Royal Armouries

The museum houses over 8,500 pieces of memorabilia relating to guns,hunting,old armour and lots more besides. Live events like jousting are a regular event and last time I was here I watched a demonstration of two participants who used pikes to knock hell out of each other. it was one of the most realistic fight scenes I have watched . The museum is situated at Clarence dock which itself is a very attractive scene with narrow boats,canal boats a plenty.

Map

Extensive collection of canons

Various wall mounted canons
Various wall mounted canons | Source

Collection of small ones

Everything a budding warlord needs
Everything a budding warlord needs | Source

A couple more

Canons are pretty abundant at the museum
Canons are pretty abundant at the museum | Source

Here we get to the hand gun section

Some very old guns indeed
Some very old guns indeed | Source

Duelling pistols

A matched set of duelling pistols.
A matched set of duelling pistols. | Source

Big place

Not sure if this hub will take all the pictures from the Royal Armouries. In total their are over 8,500 items in the collection and the set pieces take up a fair bit of room too. Views from the windows looking out over the narrow boats and canal cruisers makes for a perfect setting. I did not have time to visit one of the canal boats which had a conning tower on it. It was carrying German navy insignia on it. It was made to look like a German U Boat.

Collection of rifles

Rifles on a rack
Rifles on a rack | Source

Blunder Bus type pistol

Old pistols
Old pistols | Source

Various swords

Swashbuckling anyone
Swashbuckling anyone | Source

A few more swords

Massive collection of swords at the Royal Armouries
Massive collection of swords at the Royal Armouries | Source

Some of the oldest guns in the world

Just a metal rod with a hole down the middle some of them.
Just a metal rod with a hole down the middle some of them. | Source

The first guns

Ancient times
Ancient times | Source

Showcase collection of wepons

stunning collection
stunning collection | Source

The collection is truly staggering

Vast collection
Vast collection | Source

Guns as art

That is what the title said. Pretty stunning workmanship
That is what the title said. Pretty stunning workmanship | Source

Must take hundreds off hours to make

Beautiful
Beautiful | Source

Craftsmanship

Royal Armouries
Royal Armouries | Source

Old school guns

Nice collection
Nice collection | Source

Modern weapons

Well I had better do a section on some of the modern guns at the Royal Armouries. Guns have defined and shaped our world in so many ways. Weather mounted on ships,planes submarines or simply side arms or rifles. We have moved on from the era of the biggest guns to the smartest ones now being at the fore front of the modern armed forces.

Modern shotguns

Modern guns
Modern guns | Source

Modern hand help pistols

hand guns
hand guns | Source

A collection of funnies

Some unusual ones
Some unusual ones | Source

Come in tiny packages some times

Still damned dangerous
Still damned dangerous | Source

Love the multi barrel pistols

Like these. A lot
Like these. A lot | Source

An unusual pistol as well

Look above it as well
Look above it as well | Source

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      Stuart Goddard 5 years ago from Bradford

      Still got hundreds of pictures to post,So look away now. Not been for a few yew years. Totally re vamped it. Stunning location. I am amazed at Leeds, the city it always pulls out all the stops.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub stugod,

      This looks like a great day out and a must see.

      This is going on the list for summer with the grandchildren.

      The pictures of the Royal Armories are impressive.

      Voted up awesome interesting and useful sharing this on social networks.