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Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
Phone Number:
+44 1992 707370
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a...

Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a film and interactive displays. Find out how gunpowder came to Britain and the vital role Gunpowder Mills played in both World Wars and the Space Race!New features for 2011 include the 'Rocket Vault' and Professor Nitrate's Mad-Lab set within the laboratory of an eccentric rocket scientist and full of explosive surprises. Set within 170 acres of natural parkland, there is also 1940s exhibition, Women at War Photo Gallery, Dangerous Days exhibition and a military truck tour. General opening times: Daily during the School Holidays PLUS Open Sundays April - August. Watch our website for Special Events, showtimes and prices.

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Lots to do, professor nitrate show very good,kids loved it. Spent most of the day there, 30 odd quid for a family ticket.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to do, professor nitrate show very good,kids loved it. Spent most of the day there, 30 odd quid for a family ticket.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time visiting the Gunpowder Mills. We went on the land rover drive (extra £6 for family 4) and we had a very knowledge tour guide who told us all about the site, the history and which films, tv shows etc had been filmed on the site. Which was really cool as you are identify with the... More 

Thank spin123
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on Easter Sunday and had a fantastic time. From learning to science shows meeting the Easter bunny and an egg hunt. We even got to hold little ducklings and Pygmy goats. You can spend the whole day here. The cafe is reasonable and the food is good with choices for children. All staff were friendly and very... More 

Thank Suzie W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful informative/educational day out. Well worth the entrance fee. Professor Nitrate was fantastic and brilliant with the little uns. Lots of interactive games and beautiful woodland for walks.

Thank Frances R
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found a wonderful gem of place by chance, to visit, both for adults & kids. Highly Under-rated. A must for enthusiasts of UK History as the mill was used as a explosives factory for many hundreds of years & has some globally unique accolades. A collection of Rockets & Small arms quite rare for those that are inclined that way.... More 

Thank Will l
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just visited this place. Loads to do and great value for money. Full of history and activities. Science activities were excellent. 10/10 to professor nitrate. Would suggest you bring your own packed lunch. Took 6 and 8 year old girls.

Thank zafifi
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic time- lots to do. Lots of history, science, nature .... We will go back again. Good if you're interested in weapons and how they have changed. They do lots of special interest events as well.

Thank Val W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during February half term so lots of activities organised during day. Highlight was mad science shows which we saw both. Excellent. Built and tested mini rockets, made space goo and sand. History part a bit heavy for young ones

Thank Razzledazzlefan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely day at the gunpowder mills. The highlight was definitely the mad professor shows, they were fantastic and engaging for all ages. The kids loved the craft activities they had on which includes making their own rocket and then launching it, painting t-shirts, making their own Easter cards and decorating an egg. It was a beautiful sunny... More 

Thank MDuffy83
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Royal Gunpowder Mills is a fantastically great place for the family to visit. I had never heard of this place and stumbled upon it by chance and boy am I glad that I did. The activities are second to non, you can make and launch your own rocket. Then why not blast a tennis ball from a rocket launcher (Of... More 

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