Keep an eye on our website for details of our new 2021 events!
We look forward to reopening to the public in June 2021. Exact details to be confirmed. Read more
Virtual Tours Read more
We’re passionate about our explosive history.
Come and explore, learn and enjoy it with us!
The Royal Gunpowder Mills is reliant on the time, skills, knowledge and hard work given by the team of volunteers. The team works to preserve and share the site and its unique history, for the visitors and for the future.
A range of large indoor and outdoor spaces for hire, perfect for those looking to host weddings, parties, conferences and sites for filming. All spaces are Covid safe.
Royal Gunpowder Mills will be re-opening in June 2021. Keep an eye on our website for more details. Read more
Napoleonic Photography Day
Photography event in an authentic battle atmosphere in our beautiful and historic setting Read more
Royal Gunpowder Mills Woodland Wildlife Safaris
Returning as soon as we can Read more
Spring has arrived at the The Royal Gunpowder Mills, as we are getting ready for a Covid safe reopening nature is taking over and bursting with life. Read all about it in our news letter. Read more
We have finally completed our upgrade of the Royal Gunpowder Mills cinema! Made possible by the Heritage Recovery Grant, we are all set with light fixtures and accessible space. Perfect for those looking to hire a theatre or conference space. Read more
News update on what the staff and volunteers of the royal gunpowder mills have doing to prepare for their grand reopening. Read more
Feel the forties come to life around you; our special exhibition includes a reconstruction of an air raid shelter, a typical war time General Store & Post Office, and even a toy shop. Read more
Over 3000 women worked as 'Munitionettes' at 'The Powder Mills'. The photo gallery is a fascinating display highlighting the varied and crucial roles women played during the war. Read more
Two shots a minute from a musket three hundred years ago, to over fifteen hundred from a WW2 machine gun, the history of firearms is a story of amazing technical development and inventiveness. Come and explore our collection of over 300 historic firearms. Read more
Travel back through time and discover 300 years of explosive and top secret history through film, exhibitions and interactive displays. Read more
Tankbusters, rocket motors and anti-aircraft missiles were all on Waltham Abbey's top-secret to-do list. This kind of work gave rise to the Waxwing project: the rocket which first fired British satellites into earth's orbit. Read more