Plan Your Visit


The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a great place for families and individuals to spend days out exploring the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants.

Much more than a museum; the visitor attraction also lets visitors experience first-hand some of the science behind explosives and rockets in our Mad Lab and Rocket Vault. On our Test Range you can have a go at kid’s archery, try yours skills on the BB airsoft rifle range, build and fire air rockets, plus race water rockets along our unique monorail track.

The Main Exhibition, Film Show and Armoury introduces visitors to the 300 year old history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills after which it is possible to explore more of the 170 acre site by foot, on Land Train or Military Truck. On site you are quite likely to come across a wide variety of wildlife that lives on this Secret Island being enclosed by rivers on all sides.

Located in Waltham Abbey, Essex, the site has great transportation links with the M25, A10, M11, A414 all which are all close by; making day trips from Essex, Hertfordshire and North London very accessible. The closest rail station is Waltham Cross.

We hope you enjoy discovering the fascinating story of Waltham Abbey’s Secret Island.

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French Information Leaflet 

french-flag.jpgUne introduction au Musée de la Poudrerie Royale à Waltham Abbey...

German Information Leaflet 

german_flag.jpgEine Einführung in das Museum der königlichen Schiesspulverfabrik in Waltham Abbey... 

Note: There may be loud bangs at some of our events.

Note: Children must be accompanied by an Adult or Guardian at all times.

Dogs: Only guide and assistance dogs will be allowed on the site. They must remain in harness during the visit.