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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Wonderful history lesson

Spent a lovely day here learning about the history of gunpowder production. Fascinating human... read more

Reviewed yesterday
James S
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Something for everyone

We visited with our 7 year old grandson. First off there is ample parking onsite. I will confess to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a great place for families to spend days out exploring the secret history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants through our engaging interactive Exhibitions, Science Shows and Children's Activities. With a 300 year history and 170 acres of secret science and hidden heritage there's always a great day out to be had at the Royal Gunpowder Mills - Next open February 10 - February 18 for MAYHEM IN THE MAD LAB
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Reviewed yesterday

Spent a lovely day here learning about the history of gunpowder production. Fascinating human interest stories of the people who worked there. Loved the post industrial atmosphere and derelict buildings to explore. The people were knowledgeable and friendly. Kids (6-15) loved the Professor Nitrate show,...More

1  Thank James S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited with our 7 year old grandson. First off there is ample parking onsite. I will confess to being a little worried by the extremely slow entrance booth, but to be fair timekeeping is not a primary skill of the small but very friendly...More

1  Thank PaulClaydon
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Royal Gunpowder Mills deserve to be better known. I like industrial history, but didn't really know what to expect as I'd only vaguely heard of this. However, we had a superb day out. It's definitely best to start at the main exhibition, which has...More

1  Thank Antony B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a great time visiting. The children had fun at the activity stations making slime, magic sand and rockets. There was a good balance of displays/information as well as hands on activities for the children. Professor Nitrates Lab is a must when you visit, but...More

1  Thank MagpieNo1
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were meeting friends and found a place half way. I've never heard of this place and had low expectations...but was pleasantly surprised. Attended 2 science shows which were fantastic. The guy doing them was absolutely brilliant, for children and adults. Also children made slime...More

1  Thank Londonmum487
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went today, during Feb half term. There is lots to do including making slime, 'space sand' and rockets. We spent quite some time in the main exhibition and considering the usual attention spans of my kids (7,4 and 18months) it kept them entertained for...More

1  Thank O9814WMkatieh
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is quirky, Entertaining for the kids as their is 3 shows on a day ( magic and scientific ) A on site cafe ( reasonable prices ) The kids can make a rocket out of paper and then they have competitions who can...More

1  Thank Minky1981
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Given that gunpowder mills is run by volunteers it’s a great day out. There are interactive areas (build a rocket, fire a pellet gun and exhibits) for children aged 3 - 15 there are different parts to enjoy. We went with a teenager who enjoyed...More

2  Thank LincolnC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The country and western weekend was good showed how the people lived back in them days, Also the site was ok looking at the guns and all about gunpowder also had some stalls there, the kids loved it but was not cheap, if your going...More

Thank lesdeal
Reviewed 23 December 2017

The site was used for centuries for the manufacture of gunpowder and thereafter as a national establishment researching explosives. For the last fifteen years it has been a visitor attraction which is especially good at educating children about gunpowder and explosives. During the week it...More

Thank alanbG1199SW
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2 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think it's suitable for a 15 year old. I'm sure they would like the science shows and learning about the history of the gunpowder mills. There is a ride that goes the whole way round the gunpowder mills that lasts for... More
Gregg B
29 April 2017|
Response from harveyp2 | Property representative |
Hi. Yes we are open on the bank holiday Monday the 1st May. It is the biggest event day of the year so get here early as parking will become a problem later in the day. Have a look on the website for full details.
Gregg B
29 April 2017|
Response from rogerreed2 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but their website should tell you.