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Royal Armouries: Visitor numbers up at Leeds museum

One of Leeds' most popular attractions saw visitor numbers rise by almost 3.5 per cent last year to more than 271,000.

The Royal Armouries Museum, which partially re-located from London to Leeds, is Britain's oldest museum.

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It stages regular events, and displays 8,500 exhibits from its national collection of arms and armour at its Clarence Dock site.

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Part of the museum's collection is housed in the Tower of London, which saw an 11 per cent increase in visitor numbers to more than 2.3 million.

Monarch

Part of the Tower's success is being attributed to the exhibition, Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill, which marked the 500th anniversary of the Tudor monarch's accession to the throne.

Royal Armouries Museum Director Peter Armstrong said, "The Royal Armouries Museum fascinates visitors of all ages.

"With the museum offering free entry and greater numbers holidaying at home we have seen a fantastic increase in visitor numbers. The weak pound has also attracted foreign visitors."

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