Aimed squarely at tourists, Royal Mile Armouries is unusual in that it's the only store in town i know of that sells suits of armour, broadswords and other middle-ages era battle peripherals. Given that for obvious reasons you can't take a claymore or a dagger on a plane, I'm not entirely sure how many of Edinburgh's overseas visitors will take the plunge and purchase on of ye olde killing machines, but I doubt it's that many.
By lowering their prices a bit and relocating to Craigmillar, I'm sure they'd do a roaring trade, with bloodthirsty violence being an integral part of the local culture.
I am not really one for purchasing medieval weaponry.
However, if I, for some completely bizarre reason, decided that I needed a sword or a chainmail coif then this would probably be the best place to come.
I discovered upon browsing the store that armourey and weaponry don't come cheap. The quite majestic and frankly terrifying display of stuff ranged from £20 to almost £3000 for a full suit of armour. Perfect if you owned a castle, which most of us don't.
A cool wee shop to browse, and fantastic if you like medieval histories of Scotland.
I purchased a beautiful sword from this store and was met by knowledgeable staff who know their history and their swordcraft. They take great care in shipping and handling and I received the sword I purchased in its original condition. Thank you to the friendly staff who spent over an hour with me sharing their passion for medieval history.
I recommend these guys and believe some of the critics to be a little over the top.
Taina from Australia.
I bought a "Scottish broadsword" on a whim while on vacation from Canada. After coming home and doing extensive research, there doesn't seem to be anything authentic about the sword (It's the 5lbs hunk of metal with the leather wrap you see there and in a few other shops). The staff appear knowledgeable but in the end, they're really just salespeople and will sell you the cheapest tourist bait for the highest price they can get from you. If you can, do some research before you buy from them.
A place one of its kind and another of those shops for big boys! Mostly for tourist, fans or collectors but worth seeing. Wide range of swords, daggers, helmets, armors ect - for very different prices. They got some interesting stuff like the japanese Katana blades (worth about £1000) so they are pretty close to the original ones. Apart from that the rest is made from normal steel or a mixture - so its more to hang on the wall than to use in real combat (thats an info for those who are in Knight Brotherhoods ect). Chek this store out!
BEWARE: Same Experience as On the Go - they have failed to send the goods we purchased. Have rang them twice asking for a tracking number (a month after they were supposed to arrive), each time I have been promised a reply, but get nothing. Now have the Credit card company on to them, so we will see what response that gets.
I can remember being told by a small independent retailer to be careful of this store (purchase only with a credit card - luckily we took his advice). It's a shame, such a beautiful city spoilt by these guys - they apparently own a large majority of stores on the Royal Mile, so I would say avoid them all. (they all play the same music, so easy to spot)
I think they finally managed to sort it out and all shipping is now done through their shipping departament at their HQ instead of managing orders by the shop staff. It is best to order things online.
THANK YOU RMA - it took only 9 days (7 working days) to receive our sword all the way in Australia. AND IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!
beware of this company
I purchased a battle ready broadsword from this company which cost £120.when I arrived home the sword had broken at the tang, the sword had not been dropped or opened from the box ,this sword is meant to be suitable for re-enactment it was not meant as a wall hanger.I telephoned kryss the sales assistant who sold me the sword who informed me I would have to return the sword to enable the manager to inspect it to see if I was intitled to a replacement.As I stay 30 miles away from edinburgh I posted the sword back,now 23 days later several telephone calls to staff and manager Alan Clayton who told blatent lies,the sword is still in the shop they think they have lost my telephone number and address several times and have never tried to contact me I have asked for a full refund I wonder how long that will take.Dick Turpin at least had the common decency to wear a mask when he robbed the public. I cannot belive how this company is allowed to trade.
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