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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[updated 19 May 2021]

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our museum at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth is open. Find out more and book your visit to Fort Nelson 

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is open. Find out more and book your visit to the museum in Leeds.

The White Tower at the Tower of London is open. To plan your trip, visit the Historic Royal Palaces website.

You can stay in touch with us to keep up-to-date with the latest information about what’s on.

We would like to thank our visitors, members and followers for your ongoing support. Knowing you are out there makes it all worthwhile and we can’t wait to welcome you back.


Which of your sites is open?

All of our sites are now fully open, visitors need to pre-book their tickets online.

During term time we are open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm.

On Bank Holidays and during school holidays we are open every day 10am – 5pm.

Can I book a visit for a school group?

Yes, school visits at Fort Nelson are now happening onsite.

And visits to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will take place from 8 June, with limited availability.

All visits need to be pre-booked.

If you can’t come to site we have new digital outreach service for schools and our trained staff can deliver schools workshops online.

Find out about our schools’ service on our Learning Resources page and how to contact our education team.

Is your online shop open?

Yes, we are pleased to say that the Royal Armouries’ online shop is open.  All purchases made will help to support the museum which is a charity.

I am a member of the Royal Armouries, how will my membership be affected?

All memberships have been extended in line with our closure periods. Any queries please email

Members need to pre-book their tickets. Find out more about our membership offer on our website here.

How do I access the collection if I can’t make a visit?

You can explore our collections online and via our social media. The curatorial enquiry line will remain open as will the picture library. You can access our collections catalogue and our picture library.

General enquiries: you can contact us at (Leeds) or (Fort Nelson)

How do I keep up to date with what’s going on at the Royal Armouries during this time?

For the latest information follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds newsletter. 

Or for sign up for the Fort Nelson newsletter.

Who can I contact regarding venue hire at Fort Nelson?

Please email if you have any queries about existing or future venue hire bookings.

Who can I contact regarding venue hire and corporate events at Royal Armouries Leeds?

The café and commercial venue spaces at our Leeds museum can now be booked. For all the information about venue hire check out their website

For general enquiries and further information on your event booking requirements please contact us at

What does the current situation mean for Freedom of Information requests?

Although we try to answer all Data and Freedom of Information requests within the statutory time frames responses may be delayed at this time as our staff are working remotely due to COVID-19 with limited access to the Royal Armouries files and archives.

I would like to support the Royal Armouries at this time. How can I do that?

Your donation would be very welcome during the last year of enforced closure due to COVID-19. We are a charity and your support will help us sustain our work as guardians of the national collection of arms and armour.

If you would like to support us please visit our donation page.

General enquiries

If you have any further queries please email us and we will try to reply as soon as possible. Please be advised that our staff will be working remotely so responses may take slightly longer than usual.


Fort Nelson
Telephone: 01329 233 734
Monday to Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm