We have unfortunately taken the decision to cancel our July Walking Tour, to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We are reviewing the advice on a day to day basis and will be making decisions re the August to November Tours. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

Described by Historic England as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’ the remarkable and beautiful landscape chronicles the development of explosives, propellants and finally rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War, including rare surviving WW1 factory buildings, and intriguing structures and earthworks.

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a Scheduled Monument with over 20 listed buildings. It is also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for it wildlife.  Its alder woodland is undergoing conservation, and the site features a unique three level industrial canal system (now mostly dry). 

Only the southern part of the site is accessible to the general public, where school activities and events take place and there are exhibitions about the history of the site and its manufacture, an armoury, an exhibition of rocketry, and a café. A number of the site’s many volunteers are people who worked here during its final incarnation as a top-secret research establishment to 1991. The northern part of the site awaits restoration and can normally only be viewed from a popular landtrain tour.

Tea, coffee, and light snacks will be provided during this event as the cafe will not be open. 

Upcoming dates (under review):

August 22nd 2020

September 19th 2020

October 17th 2020

November 21st 2020

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Historic Houses is responsible for your booking, but should you require any help with purchasing tickets or further information don't hesitate to contact us on 01992 707 370 

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