Land Train Tour
The North end of the site is important for wildlife and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Access is restricted, but there is an optional Land Train Tour into this area.
The area is home to many types of wildlife including Fallow Deer, Muntjac deer, rabbits, hare, dragon fly and contains one of the largest heronry in Essex.
You will see the remains of many of the buildings used in the production of explosives including the Nitrator (where nitroglycerine was manufactured), Newton's Pool which is 12 meters deep and used for the testing of underwater explosives including the explosive used in the "bouncing bomb" and the Press House where the gunpowder was pressed to improve its explosive properties. This was one of the most dangerous processes on the site.
You will also see the remains of the extensive canal and railway network used to transport the raw materials and final products around the site – which is why it is referred to as an island. The tour lasts about 40 minutes, and you'll be accompanied by one of our experienced guides, many of whom are ex-employees or even scientists involved in the research and development carried out on this site.
Unfortunately this ride is not available every day so please check times and availability on arrival at the ticket desk. These rides are operated on a first come first served basis.
Additional Fees apply:
Adults - £2.00 Children (5-16) - £1.00 (Children under 5 sitting on an adults lap are carried free.)