Enjoy the Royal Gunpowder Mills

Don't miss the chance to explore a unique industrial heritage site hidden in Waltham Abbey. With over 300 years of history, we have so many exciting stories to tell!

Suitable for every age with activities for all the family!

Tickets are £8 per adult and £4 per child.

Date: Saturday 14th Oct 2023

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Location: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY

Please note: Last admission to the site is at 2:45pm. Please buy tickets before attending this event as no tickets will be sold at the gate. We encourage our visitors to bring their own picnics. Our café will just be serving tea, coffee and squash.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enjoy-the-royal-gunpowder-mills-tickets-717044829387?aff=oddtdtcreator

What is there to explore?

- Visit our film to learn the story of Gunpowder and our site

- Check out our main exhibition full of interactive elements and games that bring our history to life

- Don't miss out on our armoury, with talks on the military significance of our collection

- Learn the fascinating story of the women who came to work here during the First World War in our Women at War exhibit

- Take a tractor ride into our out-of-bounds areas for a tour of the larger site

- Have a look in our Rocket Vault and make sure not to miss the talks from our rocket experts

- Take the kids for a fun ride on our miniature railway

- Enjoy a scenic ride on our industrial Gunpowder Railway and make sure to look out for our herds of wild deer sheltering in the forest

- Come to our rocket-making workshop and launch your creation high over our fields

What is the Royal Gunpowder Mills?

We are a 170-acre heritage site in Waltham Abbey with over 300 years of making explosives, propellants, and space rocket technology! Our story is a fascinating insight into British military exploits from the Napoleonic era through to the First and Second World Wars and even scientific developments of the Cold War.

But we're not just a place of military and scientific development! We are also a site of rich social history and many of our visitors have family connections to the huge workforce that was employed here over the years.

Today, the site has been reclaimed by nature and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the rare bird, animal, tree and plant life that live on our land.


More to come

Please keep an eye on our website or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about our programme and opening for 2023.

Other ways to visit

The site is open for Group Visits throughout the year, to book please contact [email protected]

Our Schools Programme runs throughout the year to book please contact [email protected]