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General Information: Venue & Directions

Focus 2017 will be held in the Royal Armouries Museum, a museum close to Leeds city centre which houses and displays the national collection of arms and armour.

Delegates arriving at the Royal Armouries should report to the Registration Desk, located immediately to the right of the museum entrance, opposite the bistro.

Lectures will be given in the Bury Theatre and Wellington Suite. The former is a prestigious and comfortable lecture theatre situated on the ground floor, close to the museum entrance and with easy access to the exhibition. The latter is located on the first floor and offers a breathtaking panoramic view across New Dock. The Focus Training Day will also take place in the Wellington Suite.



The museum is well signposted on all major routes as you approach Leeds. Follow the brown tourism signs for Royal Armouries with the ‘horned helmet’ logo.

From the North: Follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the East: M62 east users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs.
From the South: M1 users exit M621 at junction 4 and follow the brown tourism signs. A1 users follow brown tourism signs on the A64.
From the West: M62 users exit M621 at junction 3 and follow the brown tourism signs.

There is a secure 24hr fully-manned car park, located only 100 metres from the museum entrance at Leeds Dock. The car park has over 1600 bays, and has CCTV and security patrols. Free and secure bicycle storage is also provided.

5 disabled parking spaces are provided next to the Tiltyard close to the museum entrance. 


The First Leeds station circular (service 70) runs directly from the Leeds Railway Station Bus Interchange to Leeds Dock. The bus runs every 12–15 minutes Mon-Sun.

In addition, First Leeds service 28 runs from just outside the student residences near the car park.


The Royal Armouries Museum is within walking distance of Leeds Central Train Station (New Station St, Leeds LS1 4DY, UK). Various routes are given below; once you reach the station the Royal Armouries Museum is approximately a 10-15min walk (Follow the brown tourist signs for ‘Royal Armouries’), or alternatively taxis are available for approximately £4 from the taxi rank at the front of the station. A regular bus service also runs from the rail station on Neville Street, stop Z3 (Service 70)

From London: 
Virgin Trains East Coast direct every half hour – journey time is just over 2 hours.

From Manchester/Liverpool: 
First Transpennine Express direct to Leeds – journey time is 50-90 minutes.

From Birmingham/Newcastle/Edinburgh: 
Cross Country/First Transpennine direct every half hour – journey time is about 2-3 hours.

From Sheffield: 
Cross Country/Northern Rail direct every hour – journey time about 1 hour

From York: 
Cross Country/Northern Rail/First Transpennine direct every 15 minutes – journey time about 30 minutes.


It is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Bus Station and a 15 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station – directional signs are available along the route.


Updated 24 November 2016

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