A tiltyard (or tilt yard or tilt-yard) was an enclosed courtyard for jousting (also known as "tilting"). Tiltyards were a common feature of late medieval castles and palaces. The Horse Guards Parade in London was formerly the tiltyard constructed by Henry VIII as an entertainment venue adjacent to Whitehall Palace; it was the site of the Accession Day tilts in the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I.

Henry VIII also constructed a tiltyard at Hampton Court Palace, where one of the towers, known as the Tiltyard Tower, was used for viewing the tournaments below. [Young, p. 101-122]

A modern tiltyard was constructed outside the Royal Armouries in Leeds for demonstrations of medieval martial pursuits, including jousting and falconry.

Another tiltyard used during the reign of Queen Elizabeth existed at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. This exists today, and is used as a walkway to the castle itself.



*Young, Alan: "Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments", Sheridan House, 1987, ISBN 0911378758

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