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Armoury in Action experience

A Family-Friendly Adventure in the White Tower

Have a go at shooting arrows, brandishing a sword and firing cannon in this exciting, hands-on experience in the White Tower. Follow in the footsteps of historical figures and immerse yourself in over 1,000 years of history.

Explore the origins of the White Tower with a Norman master mason and find out if you have what it takes to be a medieval longbowman as you draw back a bow for yourself. 

Dress Henry VIII for battle and find out more about the skills of the Tudor armourers at his Royal Armoury at Greenwich. Henry’s beautifully ornate personal armours are on display in the White Tower.

Learn how to fire a cannon with an English Civil War artillery captain and sharpen up your sword-fighting skills with a Napoleonic War training manual.

Design your own musket with advice from a Victorian Superintendent of Firearms as you choose which technological developments will improve your results at target practice.

In partnership with the Royal Armouries.

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Ticketing information

Armoury in Action is located on the top floor of the White Tower. 


Included in palace admission (members go free)

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