Interact with our explosive history

Described by Historic England as 'the most important site for the history of explosives in Europe' this remarkable and beautiful landscape is nowadays a visitor attraction, telling the stories of explosives, propellants and finally rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War. 

We run schools programmes for local school children.  We bring fun science to families during Open Days and Events.  We mount talks and tours.  Rich with wildlife too, we love guiding people around!

So come along and interact!

How to get here

Find out more about where we're located and how to get here by all types of transport.



Admission Prices

Find out more about costs for each event.


Author: Luke Dunne

When are we open ?

We open for events and group tours. Our event opening times vary - Please check before you travel. You'll find our upcoming open days and events at What's On.



What's on

  • Walking Tours (Select Dates)

    A unique opportunity to explore our site on a walking tour. Taking you through 300 years of history and heritage. Read more

  • Nov 15 - Curating Decay - Study Day

    How might we collaborate with natural processes and decay of vulunerable heritage rather than fighting against? Read more

  • February 15 - 23 - Agent Nitrate's Spy-Tastic Half Term!

    Agent Nitrate returns and is recruiting all new secret agents this February Half Term! Read more