Keep an eye on our website for details of our new 2021 events!
Book a walking tour of the Royal Gunpowder Mills now! A 2.5 hour guided walk around the restricted areas of our site led by an expert volunteer. Find out more... Read more
We're open! Read on to find out more about our 2022 offer... Read more
Explore our site from the comfort of home. Read more
Take a 25 minute guided Tractor Trailer Guided Tour to the 'out of bounds' parts of the Royal Gunpowder Mills. 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.
After the closure of ERDE, the archive material inherited passed through a number of hands and storage locations before opening to the public as an online database.
School visits are back at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Choose from Victorian Life or Wartime at the Royal Gunpowder Mills or enjoy an explosive day out with our Rockets session Read more
Professor Nitrate has been entertaining our visitors on Sundays with his Explosive Science shows. Our narrow gauge railway and tractor tours are running along with our exhibitions and our rocket making and firing activities. 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
Travel back through time and discover 300 years of explosive and top secret history through film, exhibitions and interactive displays. Read more
Explore our Rocket Vault which holds 19th century gunpowder rockets through to Cold War guided missiles. Read more
A photography exhibition celebrating the women who worked in the war industries during the First World War. Read more
Discover how firearms changed over the centuries by visiting our collection of over 300 historic firearms. Read more